In a significant development, the Cricket Control Council of India (BCCI) decided on Tuesday May 4 to postpone the current edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) after several players and support staff were tested positive for COVID-19.
BCCI’s decision to postpone IPL 2021 has left several Australian players, including David Warner, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell and others in trouble as Australian players and support staff cannot return to Australia due to the travel ban announced by their government.
It should be remembered that the Australian government recently banned its citizens from entering the country for a few days if they were in India within 14 days of their intended arrival. The government said anyone breaking the rule would face a five-year prison term or a heavy fine.
The restrictions went into effect on May 3 and Australian Health Minister Greg HUnt said violating the ban risked civil penalties and up to five years in prison.
Last week Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a ban on passenger flights from India until May 15. PM Morrison had also clarified that no special privileges would be granted to Australian cricketers playing in India.
For its part, Cricket Australia said it will not seek an exemption on the travel ban and thanked BCCI for taking steps to ensure the safety of all Australian players and support staff.
“CA and ACA respect Australian government decision to suspend travel from India until at least May 15 and will not seek exemptions,” says joint statement from Cricket Australia (CA) and ACA .
Cricket Australia claimed to be in direct contact with BCCI to ensure safe accommodation and repatriation of the Australian contingent.
“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 statement said.
“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,” he said. added.
“AC and ACA thank BCCI for their efforts and cooperation in the safe repatriation of all IPL participants.”