Australian Cricketers Association chief executive Todd Greenberg has asked his players to do their “homework” and consider the risks involved before signing T20 deals overseas in the near future as the world rests in the cold. struggling with an evolving pandemic.
With their country closed to anyone departing from India, the suspended 40-person Australian IPL contingent of players, support staff and commentators will be airlifted to the Maldives before securing a flight from correspondence for the home.
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“I’m not sure it will create reluctance [in the future] but it will allow players to do their due diligence before signing any deals, “Greenberg said. ESPNcricinfo.
“The world is literally changing before our eyes, especially with Covid and on this side of the world obviously these cases are increasing exponentially.” Australia sealed its borders to travelers from India until May 15 due to the devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic which forced the postponement of the lucrative league on Tuesday.
While a few Australian players, such as Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh and Josh Philippe, withdrew before the start of IPL-14, citing bubble fatigue, Adam Zampa, Kane Richrdson and Andrew Tye withdrew from the halfway event and managed to get home. before their government closes its border.
Greenberg added: “We enjoy our freedoms here in Australia. It’s a very different place there. If anything, it sends a message to the players to make sure you do your homework before taking any decisions. decisions. ” Greenberg acknowledged that many of the Australian contingent may be facing anxiety and stress right now, but pledged help once they returned home.
“I struggled to point it out during the week, the public will see our best Australian cricketers as almost superheroes, they are brilliant athletes, great cricketers, but they are human beings , some of them are fathers and husbands and they are under tremendous amounts of stress, ”Greenberg said.
“Some treat it differently. It will probably be an experience they will never forget.
“We will help them when they get home. Some will cope very well, others will need support and guidance and that is what we will do.” The CEO of the players’ association added, “They signed up with their eyes wide open to some of the challenges and risks when they entered.
“What they weren’t expecting was the border closures. It created anxiety for them, just as it would create anxiety for the approximately 9,000 Australians looking to return home. It’s a normal reaction for our players. “