Australian cricketer Adam Zampa has explained how he managed to bypass Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s travel ban and return home from India.
Zampa and fellow Australian cricketer Kane Richardson returned to Australia last week after successfully escaping COVID-19 which has ravaged India through a loophole in border restrictions.
The two had played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the lucrative Indian Premier League, but managed to return home to Melbourne after passing through Doha to Qatar and then Australia.
Speaking to SEN, Zampa waived his return trip despite the Prime Minister’s assurances that the travel loopholes out of India would be closed.
“Kane and I obviously talked a lot about how we got home on that flight from Doha,” he told SEN.
“As soon as we made the decision to leave, we told Simon Katich, who is the coach of RCB, and he fully supported him. And then we just talked to the RCB management about the possibility of taking us home.
“They booked through an affiliated travel agent and we were given the itinerary. I got it on my Qantas app. So we just followed the route and that’s basically it.
“It’s as thorough as that.”
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Zampa is currently completing its 14-day hotel quarantine.
Late last week, Morrison clarified that entry destinations including Doha, Dubai, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur had now also suspended travel to India.
Morrison’s government also introduced fines of up to $ 66,600 or five years in prison for anyone violating the travel ban.
Zampa and Richardson are believed to be among the latest travelers to use the Doha loophole.
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More than 30 Australians remain at IPL, including players, commentators and support staff, with Pat Cummins and Ben Cutting now in isolation, after two of their Kolkata Knight Riders teammates were confirmed to have tested positive for the virus .
Australian Cricketers Association chief Todd Greenberg says the majority of players want to fulfill their pledges, having gone there with “eyes wide open”, but “concerns” are growing over plans for them. bring back home.
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