Australia’s ban on Indian travelers had added “anxiety” for its cricketers following the suspension from the Indian Premier League (IPL), Australian vice-captain Pat Cummins said, as lone players in the Asian nation ravaged by COVID on Wednesday.
The Australian government has banned its own citizens from returning home within 14 days of arriving in India on pain of fines and jail, leaving dozens of IPL players, coaches and officials stranded.
Australian fast bowler Cummins isolates himself at an Ahmedabad hotel after two of his Kolkata Knight Riders teammates contracted COVID-19 before organizers ended the tournament on Tuesday.
Cummins said the Australia travel ban, which will be reviewed on May 15, was a “little” shock.
“Obviously, no one has experienced this before,” he told Australian broadcaster Fox Sports. But we have signed up to play the tournament until the beginning of June.
“I hope everything reopens on May 15 and we can come back.” With 3.45 million active cases, India recorded 357,229 new infections on Tuesday, while deaths increased from 3,449 to 222,408. Capitals said their skater Amit Mishra had tested positive for COVID-19 and had been transferred to a designated medical facility.
Three IPL teams have now confirmed cases of COVID-19, and a fourth team, Sunrisers Hyderabad, has reportedly received a positive test returned by goalkeeper-batter Wriddhiman Saha.
Indian media reported that Australian Chennai Super Kings batting coach Mike Hussey had contracted COVID-19. Hussey is said to be the third case of the team, which went into self-isolation after announcing on Tuesday that their bowling coach and a “supportive travel member” had tested positive.
Australia currently allows only limited flights and arrivals into the country, and about a quarter of the 35,000 Australians stranded abroad are in India. Australia’s decision to penalize its own citizens for seeking to returning home from India sparked a backlash from lawmakers and legal experts. and human rights defenders.
Australian Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the government would “potentially” lift the travel ban on May 15. Morning TV chat on the Nine Network.
English and Bangladeshi IPL cricketers also face challenges leaving India due to travel restrictions imposed by national authorities. IPL organizers and the Indian Cricket Council (BCCI) have said they would help players, staff and officials get home safely.
Former Australian goalkeeper and cricketer expert Adam Gilchrist has asked if the tournament should have been held in India.
“Interesting comment on the BCCI saying…. they think about the safety of all the players, “he said in a video on Sky News.” I probably feel like they’re a little behind in considering this. I’m not sure the tournament should have started in India. “
New Zealand, which has 10 players in the IPL, said its cricketers were “in a relatively safe environment” and members of the affected teams were isolated.