Sport Two Aussie cricketers stranded after ditching IPL
Government rules out special arrangements for Australian cricketers in India amid COVID-19 outbreak
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Australian cricketers playing in the Indian Premier League will not be given priority when repatriation flights resume between the two countries.Mr Morrison today announced all flights from India to Australia would be temporarily halted, as the South Asian country dealt with a record-breaking COVID-19 outbreak.
Aussie cricketers Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson are reportedly stuck in India after exiting the Indian Premier League bubble but failing to beat the Australian government's travel ban.
Zampa and Richardson were hoping to join fellow Aussie Andrew Tye by returning home from the Indian T20 tournament, yet left their run too late,.
While Tye successfully returned home, Zampa and Richardson were unable to secure flights before the federal government suspended travel from India to Australia until at least May 15, due to an explosion of COVID-19 cases.
The pair are in a hotel near Mumbai's international airport, having parted way with their IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore. They had hoped to travel back to Australia via Doha, as Tye did, but it is unclear if that will be possible and they may be left stranded until the travel ban ends.
Zampa pulls out of IPL to prioritise mental health
Australia spinner Adam Zampa has cut his Indian Premier League (IPL) season short to prioritise his mental health. Zampa is one of three Australian cricketers to pull out of the lucrative T20 tournament which has continued despite the steepening coronavirus crisis in the south Asian nation.The 29-year-old, who plays for IPL side Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), said a confluence of factors had led to his withdrawal but he ultimately decided the extra pay was not worth the risk for his wellbeing.
A Cricket Australia spokesperson told Cricbuzz that CA had enquired about the possibility of a travel exemption for Zampa and Richardson. Failing that, CA will aim to ensure that the players are in a secure environment in India.
Cricket Australia released a statement on Tuesday night, saying that it was keeping in touch with Australian IPL participants.
Video: Australian cricket players stranded in India (9News.com.au)
"Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association are in regular dialogue with players, coaches, match officials and commentators on the ground in India regarding the current situation and we will assist where possible," the statement said.
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"We will continue to liaise closely with the Australian Government following today's announcement that direct flights from India to Australia will be paused until May 15, and monitor the situation between now and the tournament's scheduled conclusion on May 30.
"We thank the BCCI and IPL for their efforts to keep everyone safe in the tournament's bio-secure bubble. Once again, our thoughts are with the people of India during this challenging time."
There have been calls from players for Cricket Australia to arrange a charter flight home when possible. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the federal government would not assist with travel as it was not an Australian team tour.
Other players still in India include David Warner, Steve Smith, Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell. Coaches such as Ricky Ponting and Simon Katich are also on the ground, inside the IPL bubble.
The tournament has continued despite an unfolding coronavirus tragedy in India, with the intention of providing levity amongst widespread heartbreak.
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Australian contingent from Indian Premier League travelling to Maldives on chartered flight after COVID-suspended season .
Almost 40 Australians affiliated with the suspended Indian Premier League will soon land in the Maldives ahead of an indefinite stay as they wait for clearance from the Australian government to return home.The flight has been arranged and paid for by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).