Cricket Australia will not seek an exemption to repatriate Australian stars from the Indian Premier League stranded following suspension from competition.
In a statement released this evening, CA said it was in contact with the Cricket Control Council in India as it worked on plans to provide safe housing for Australian cricketers trapped in the global disaster area until they can be repatriated in accordance with Australian government guidelines. .
BCCI made the decision tonight to indefinitely suspend the league after a host of players tested positive for the virus.
The decision was welcomed by CA in light of the devastation that has ravaged India. But it also raised questions about the immediate future of IPL stars in Australia.
More than 30 Australians remain at the 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 .
But with the game suspended, immediate plans of action for international stars are unclear as the league and its franchises immediately disband.
In response to the ongoing crisis, CA said it was working with Indian authorities to ensure the safety and eventual repatriation of some of Australia’s biggest names in cricket.
“Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association understand the BCCI’s decision to indefinitely postpone the Indian Premier League 2021 for the safety and well-being of all participants,” read a statement from the CA on Tuesday. evening.
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“CA is in direct contact with BCCI as they work on plans to ensure the safe accommodation and repatriation of Australian players, coaches, match officials and commentators returning to Australia.
“CA and ACA respect the Australian government’s decision to suspend travel from India until at least May 15 and will not seek exemptions.
“AC and ACA thank BCCI for their efforts and cooperation in the safe repatriation of all IPL participants.”
The development comes as Australian top cricketer Michael Slater launched a furious attack on Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, accusing him of having “blood on his hands” and asking him to “fix” the quarantine system.
Mr Morrison called the claims absurd, telling Nine’s Today that the temporary travel ban from India was necessary due to the huge spike in positive cases there.
Speaking on Radio 2GB, ACA chief executive Todd Greenberg said Slater’s situation underscored the complexity of the issue.
“These are strong words, and I think you can feel through Michael his frustration, and I’m sure that frustration will be shared by a lot of Australians who are stranded, not just cricketers, but Australians stranded in other parts of the world who want to come home, ”he said.
“It’s very difficult for the government, it is clearly trying to keep us all safe here, but also to take care of our own who are elsewhere in the world.
“We’re just going to have to work closely with the government, we’re just going to have to work closely with each other, be patient, and try to come up with a plan at home.”
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