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Sport Cricket-Australian IPL cricketers anxious, hope travel ban will be lifted: Cummins

07:05  05 may  2021
07:05  05 may  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The ban on travellers from India by Australia had added "anxiety" for its cricketers after the Indian Premier League's (IPL) suspension, Australia vice captain Pat Cummins said, as players isolated in the COVID-ravaged Asian nation on Wednesday.

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The Australian government has barred its own citizens from returning home within 14 days of being in India on pain of fines and jail, leaving dozens of its IPL players, coaches and officials stranded.

Australia fast bowler Cummins is isolating in an Ahmedabad hotel after two of his Kolkata Knight Riders team mates contracted COVID-19 before organisers pulled the plug on the tournament on Tuesday.

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Australia’s IPL cricketers have been left in limbo after the tournament was suspended in response to India’s Covid-19 crisis. More than 30 players, coaches and staff in India are unable to fly home after the Australian government imposed a travel ban and threatened citizens who attempt to return with a hefty fine or even jail. The travel ban runs until 15 May and – with the tournament originally slated to end on 30 May – Cricket Australia and the players’ union were hopeful those wishing to return home when the tournament concluded would be able to.

Cummins meanwhile said he was 'hopeful' the travel ban would expire as planned on May 15, but admitted Australia 's cricket stars were feeling anxious about being barred from coming home. Cummins is in isolation with the rest of the Kolkata Knight Riders team after two of their teammates tested positive to Covid-19. The coronavirus crisis is worsening in India - with about 400,000 new cases recorded every day and hospitals left at breaking point. Cummins said it was unclear whether the IPL - which originally took place across India - will be cancelled or moved to a confined player hub.

Cummins said Australia's travel ban, which will be reviewed on May 15, had come as a "little bit" of a shock.

"Obviously no-one has experienced that before," he told Australian broadcaster Fox Sports.

"It added a bit of anxiety for a few of the Aussies over here. But we signed up to play the tournament until the start of June.

"Hopefully it all re-opens on May 15 and we’ll be able to get back."

With 3.45 million active cases, India recorded 357,229 new infections on Tuesday, while deaths rose by 3,449 to 222,408.

Cummins' comments came as the Delhi Capitals said their legspinner Amit Mishra had tested positive for COVID-19 and been moved to a designated medical facility.

Three IPL teams have now confirmed COVID-19 cases, with a fourth team, Sunrisers Hyderabad, reported to have a positive test returned by wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha.

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Cricket Australia on Tuesday said it will not seek exemption from a government-imposed travel ban on flights from India but will coordinate with the BCCI to ensure that players from Down Under return safely following the suspension of IPL . The IPL was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday due to multiple cases being reported within its bio-bubble, CA and the Australian Cricketers ' Association, in a joint statement, said they would work out a plan to ensure the safe return of the Australian players and support staff.

Cricket Australia on Tuesday said it will not seek exemption from a government-imposed travel ban on flights from India but will coordinate with the BCCI to ensure that players from Down Under return safely following the suspension of IPL . Besides the players, some support staff members, including the likes of Ricky Ponting, match referees like Paul Reiffel and a few commentators were also part of the IPL . Three Australian players left the IPL before the travel ban came into force.

Indian media reported that the Chennai Super Kings' Australian batting coach Mike Hussey had contracted COVID-19.

Hussey would be the third case on the team, which has gone into isolation after announcing on Tuesday that their bowling coach and a "member of the travel support" had tested positive.

BACKLASH

Australia is currently allowing only limited flights and arrivals into the country, and roughly a quarter of the 35,000 Australians stranded overseas are in India.

Australia's decision to penalise its own citizens for seeking to return home from India has triggered a backlash from lawmakers, legal experts and human rights advocates.

Australian deputy prime minister Michael McCormack said the government would "potentially" lift the travel ban on May 15.

"We said all along we will review the pause in travel arrangements and that's what we're doing, so be patient," McCormack told a morning TV chatshow on the Nine Network.

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The Australian Prime Minister announced last week that incoming travellers from India would be banned from entering the country until at least May 15. 'THAT'S ABSURD': ScoMo hits back after Michael Slater spray. If the IPL was suspended, Cummins and others among a group of almost 40 Australian players, coaches and officials will be stuck in India because of the Morrison government's travel ban . PM fires back after scathing Slater criticism. Slater, who had been commentating in India and is attempting to return to Australia , launched a tirade against the prime minister on Monday night.

The Indian cricket governing body emphasized that the IPL will not end for them until the players have successfully returned to their families. However, it is still unclear how to arrange foreign stars, especially Australian stars, under the Australian government’s ban on travel . The ban will be enforced until May 15. The Australian Government also threatened five years’ imprisonment with heavy fines for citizens if they entered Australia after staying in India within 14 days of arrival. The decision was announced on Friday after a meeting of domestic cabinets to curb the Covid-19 surge in Australia .

English and Bangladeshi cricketers in the IPL also face challenges exiting India due to travel restrictions imposed by home authorities.

IPL organisers and the Indian cricket board (BCCI) have said they will help players, staff and officials get home safely.

Former Australia wicketkeeper and cricket pundit Adam Gilchrist queried whether the tournament should have gone ahead in India.

"Interesting comment about the BCCI saying .... they're thinking of the safety of all the players," he said in a video on Sky News.

"I probably feel that they're a little bit late in considering that. I'm not sure that the tournament should have started in India."

New Zealand, which has 10 players in the IPL, said their cricketers were "in a relatively safe environment" and those within affected teams were in isolation.

The country's cricket board said it was liaising with authorities to work out an exit plan.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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