While Australians competing in this year’s IPL say they’re pretty anxious about how they’ll get to go home from the tournament as the crisis of infections in host country India continues to mount, they’re apparently quick to add that they’re not looking for any free rides either. This according to the latest announcement by the head of the Australian Cricketers’ Association.
With 3 Aussies now having left the tournament and returned home, two more remain stranded indefinitely in the country after Australia suspended all flights from India until May 15.
At present, nearly 40 Aussies remain in India for their involvement in the 2021 edition of the competition – including players, coaches, commentators, and a host of support staff. And while the BCCI has issued a re-assurance that players and staff will be able to return home unhindered following the tournament, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has made it abundantly clear that players will not be permitted to simply “jump the queue” when flights from the Asian country to Australia do resume.
The regular T20 IPL season will draw to a close on May 23, with those making into the playoffs expected to finish up this year’s run by May 30.
According to what ACA CEO Todd Greenberg recently said in a radio interview, Australian players aren’t quite as comfortable remaining in India as what the organisers of the event have led the media to believe. Greenberg said the Australians are all anxious to get back home and safe.
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