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With the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season on hold, many Australian cricketers are stranded in the country amid the growing COVID-19 crisis. Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) said in a joint statement that they understand the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decision to postpone the tournament. The statement also revealed that the AC would not be requesting travel ban exemptions from their government for Australian players, after the government banned direct passenger flights from India until May 15. .

India is currently grappling with the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and is among the worst affected countries. The total number of COVID-19 cases in India broke the 2 crore mark on Tuesday with more than 3.57 lakh infections.

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“Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association understand the BCCI’s decision to postpone the Indian Premier League 2021 indefinitely for the safety and well-being of all participants,” the CA and ACA said in a joint statement .

“CA is in direct contact with BCCI as they work on plans to ensure the safe accommodation and repatriation of Australian players, coaches, match officials and commentators returning to Australia.”

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“CA and ACA respect the Australian government’s decision to suspend travel from India until at least May 15 and will not seek exemptions.”

“CA and ACA thank BCCI for their efforts and cooperation in the safe repatriation of all IPL participants.”

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The 2021 IPL began on April 9 and recently reported numerous positive cases. Two Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) players – Varun Chakaravarthy and Sandeep Warrier – have tested positive for the virus, along with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji and a support staff member.

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Three Australian cricketers – Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye – already withdrew from the tournament earlier when the travel ban was imposed and returned home.

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