Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the nation’s cricketers who’re at present competing within the Indian Premier League will not be prioritised for a return dwelling.
“It’s done on vulnerability,” mentioned Morrison. “They (players) travelled there privately under those arrangements, this wasn’t part of an Australia tour.”
Morrison added: “They’re under their own resources and they’ll be using those resources to, I’m sure, see them return to Australia.”
Australian gamers Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson have already returned dwelling from the IPL, which is being performed beneath biosecurity protocols.
However, compatriots together with Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, David Warner, Chris Lynn and Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting stay in India the place greater than 1,000,000 Covid-19 instances have been recorded in only a few days.
Mumbai Indians batsman Lynn mentioned he had requested Cricket Australia to rearrange a constitution flight again dwelling for Australia’s gamers on the finish of the IPL after the governing physique had contacted gamers about their well being and journey plans.
“I texted back that, as Cricket Australia make 10% of every IPL contract, was there a chance we could spend that money this year on a charter flight once the tournament is over?” Lynn advised News Corp.
“We are not asking for shortcuts and we signed up knowing the risks. But it would be great to get home as soon as the event is over.”
The league format of the event ends on 23 May earlier than the play-offs and the ultimate, which is on 30 May.
England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan, who’s skipper of Kolkata Knight Riders, says the event ought to proceed so long as it does not hamper the efforts to fight Covid-19.
New Zealand additionally has various gamers participating within the IPL, together with Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson and Mitchell Santner.
“There’s no doubt they’re certainly anxious about what’s happening in India and what they’re witnessing,” mentioned New Zealand Cricket Players Association chief govt Heath Mills.
“But they feel well looked-after by their IPL franchises and safe in their bubbles.”
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