Australian players might be a little worried following the suspension of flights from India, but Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting said it was a “little problem” with the chaos sparked by the second wave of COVID-19 infections. Australia on Tuesday suspended all direct passenger flights from India until May 15 due to the “very large” spike in COVID-19 cases in India.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison also clarified that cricketers participating in the IPL will have to make “their own arrangements” to return home.
“There have been some revelations our government has made regarding the return of Australians to India in Australia. No doubt there have been few distractions, but the travel side for us and the Australians who are here is just that. a little problem, “Ponting said in a statement. virtual press conference after his team lost to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in one race.
“On a daily basis we think about what is going on outside and we understand how blessed we are to do what we are doing. Hopefully there are a number of people in India who have had it. fun watching IPL cricket. ”
Three Australian players left the tournament amid the growing health crisis, while Mumbai Indians batsman Chris Lynn asked Cricket Australia to arrange a chartered flight to take them home after the event ended.
The BCCI has already assured that it will organize the return of foreign players once the tournament is over.
A second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has swept India and the country is recording more than 3 lakh of cases per day in recent days, leaving health infrastructure in ruins.
Following the unprecedented health crisis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Indian and DC spinner, decided to take a break from the tournament to be with his family.
“It’s a really strange feeling within our team right now. We’re very aware of what’s going on outside and in India right now. Obviously our thoughts are with everyone who is struggling with COVID-19 in Indian society, ”Ponting says.
“We also left our only player, Ravichandran Ashwin, left to be with his family, which is touching, we talk about it more than most teams.”
In the point loss to RCB, Ponting said: “Our last game was a Super Over and against RCB we lost by one point. That can only hold you in good stead when the biggest comes in backend, three games in four days, we have to take our learning.
“The team is disappointed but also proud of the way the boys fought. We will not overanalyze.”
DC will face Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Thursday in Ahmedabad.
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