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Sport Cricket boss reacts to Slater's 'absurd' PM spray

04:30  04 may  2021
04:30  04 may  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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© Provided by News18 IPL 2021: Michael Slater Escapes to Maldives, Attacks PM Scott Morrison on Twitter. With India grappling with the second wave of the Coronavirus, a lot of foreign cricketers are already getting iffy staying and working from the country. Although some of them have left, a lot of them including commentators are left stranded. But no longer! Former cricketer Michael Slater has taken things in his own hands and left the bio-bubble for Maldives. It is being learnt that he has reached there and will stay put until he figures out a way to reach his home.

'So Michael Slater goes into a war zone to chase money. Now when it has gotten out of control, it's the Australian Government's fault?' one Twitter user wrote. Former Test cricketer Michael Slater (pictured) has sparked controversy by claiming Scott Morrison had blood on his hands. If the borders were left open the risk of leak from quarantine would be too great and we simply can't afford lockdowns.' Some leapt to Slater ' s defence. 'Does it really matter what the reason was? There are tens of thousands of Australian citizens stuck in India right now and they all have different reasons for being there.


Pat Cummins holding a racket: Pat Cummins is in isolation after a teammate tested positive at the IPL. © Getty Pat Cummins is in isolation after a teammate tested positive at the IPL.


The head of the Australian Cricketers' Association says the majority of players want to fulfil their commitments at the Indian Premier League, having gone there with their "eyes wide open," but "concern" is growing over plans to get them home.

More than 30 Australians remain at the tournament, including players, commentators and support staff, with Pat Cummins and Ben Cutting now in isolation, following confirmation two of their Kolkata Knight Riders teammates have tested positive to the virus.

Three players have already returned to Australia, while commentator Michael Slater is now in the Maldives, unable to return home because of the government's move to suspend flights from India until at least May 15.

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Former Australian batsman Michael Slater , who is currently doing commentary in the IPL, has launched a scathing attack on his country' s Prime Minister Scott Morrison for not allowing its citizens to return from the Covid-19-hit India, calling the travel ban a "disgrace". Australia has shut its borders and not allowing any commercial flights from India because of the massive Covid-19 surge which has led to all the players, support staff and commentators, who might have wanted to leave the IPL in a fix. If our Government cared for the safety of Aussies they would allow us to get home.

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Slater launched a furious attack on Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, accusing him of having "blood on your hands" and calling for him to "sort out" the quarantine system.

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Mr Morrison labelled the claims absurd, telling Nine's Today show that the temporary ban on travel from India was necessary due to that country's huge spike in positive cases.

Speaking on Radio 2GB, the chief executive of the ACA, Todd Greenberg, said Slater's situation highlighted the complexity of the issue.

"They are strong words, and I think you can sense 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.

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Slater , who was commentating in the ongoing IPL, accused the Australian PM of having "blood on his hands" and termed the decision of travel ban as a "disgrace". "If our Government cared for the safety of Aussies they would allow us to get home. "There' s no suggestion at the moment of any charter flight. We're working closely and talking closely with the ACA (Australian Cricketers ' Association), with the players and with the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) to make sure everyone' s okay and the people have got full information," Hockley told SEN Radio, as reported by cricket .com.au.

NEW DELHI: Cricketer -turned-commentator Michael Slater , who is currently doing commentary in the IPL here, has launched a scathing attack on his country' s Prime Minister Scott Morrison for not allowing its citizens to return from COVID-19 hit India, calling the travel ban a "disgrace". It' s a disgrace!! Blood on your hands PM . How dare you treat us like this. How about you sort out quarantine system. I had government permission to work on the IPL but I now have government neglect," Slater tweeted.

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"It's a very difficult one for the government, they're clearly trying to keep us all safe here, but also look after our own who are elsewhere across the world.

"We're just going to have to work closely with government, we're just going to have to work closely with each other, be patient, and try to find a plan home."

Last night's scheduled match between Kolkata and Royal Challengers Bangalore was postponed after confirmation of the positive cases amongst the Knight Riders playing group.

In Delhi, neither Mumbai Indians or Sunrisers Hyderabad trained ahead of tonight's match, after suspected positive cases amongst the ground staff at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.

Greenberg noted that there's likely to be more positive cases reported amongst the IPL cohort.

"You have to be a realist to understand once it breaks into one of these bubbles that we may see more, but let's hope we don't," he said.

'Blood on your hands': Slater unloads on ScoMo

  'Blood on your hands': Slater unloads on ScoMo Michael Slater has unloaded on Scott Morrison for blocking Australian citizens from returning home from COVID-ravaged India. Taking to Twitter in a sensational post, Slater launched a scathing attack on the government and their decision to ban all repatriation flights from India until May 15."If our Government cared for the safety of Aussies they would allow us to get home. It's a disgrace!!," Slater wrote.https://twitter.com/mj_slats/status/1389147322425110541"Blood on your hands PM. How dare you treat us like this. How about you sort out quarantine system.

Former Aussie player, Michael Slater , who is currently involved in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 has slammed his Prime Minister for banning the entry of the citizens from India. Australia has imposed a travel ban from the sub-continent country till May 15 and no “If our Government cared for the safety of Aussies they would allow us to get home. It’ s a disgrace!! Blood on your hands PM . How dare you treat us like this. How about you sort out quarantine system. I had government permission to work on the IPL but I now have government neglect,” Slater wrote in a tweet.

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"I think the BCCI have done a really good job, quickly, to try and isolate as best they can, but we've seen more cases reported in the last two weeks globally for COVID than the last six months, so clearly on the other side of the world there's some real concerns.

"We're keeping a close eye on it."

a close up of Michael Slater wearing a blue shirt: Michael Slater. (Getty) © Getty Michael Slater. (Getty)


The Australian government has flagged that flights from India will resume "as soon as possible after May 15" with the IPL scheduled to finish on May 31.

Greenberg said both Cummins and Cutting are "fine" and feel relatively safe, but explained there's growing anxiety amongst the group in relation to what happens after the tournament finishes.

"I think the majority are prepared to fulfil their commitments, they went in with their eyes wide open," he said.

"They do want to see the tournament finished, but they also clearly want to come home at the end, and that's where the concern comes, because there's just not a definitive plan on how that's going to happen at the moment."

Aussie cricket cohort officially leaves India .
Australian players, coaches, officials and commentators have safely departed COVID-19 ravaged India.Cricket Australia confirmed the news in a joint statement with the Australian Cricketers' Association on Thursday evening, with the cohort to remain in the Maldives until the expiration of Australia's travel ban to individuals coming back from India.

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