IPL 2021: Australian stars currently plying their trade in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) are running the risk of missing international duty as uncertainty grows over when and how they will return home.
As things stand, most Australians in India are stranded until at least May 15 after the Federal Government announced the immediate suspension of passenger flights from the nation, which is currently battling the world’s biggest coronavirus escalation.
Any extension of the suspension will leave the likes of Steve Smith, Pat Cummins and David Warner racing the clock to be available for Australia tour of West Indies for a three-match ODI series in mid-June.
Head coach Justin Langer said the players are scheduled to arrive in Australia 26 days before departure for the Caribbean.
Fourteen days will be committed to hotel quarantine, meaning a two-week setback could rule the players out from Australia’s only scheduled fixtures between February and November.
“We’re monitoring it almost daily. There’s no doubt about that,” Langer said on the show. “As it stands now, the guys will come back about 26 days before we’re supposed to leave for the West Indies tour, so we’ll be watching it closely.”
“And I think there’s no doubt the players will be watching it more closely with the time they’ve already spent away from their families in the past 12 months or so, and knowing what’s coming up.”
The regular IPL 2021 season concludes on May 23, while any finalists who plan to tour the Caribbean will be cutting it fine with the finale scheduled for May 30.
IPL 2021: Smith, Cummins and other Australia players risk missing Windies series over uncertainty of flying home from IPL 2021
Should Australia’s suspension of flights from India leak into June, hopes to make the ODI tour will hinge on a repatriation flight.
Repatriation flights are still being arranged, although there is no priority for the 14 Australians still participating in the IPL.
Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson — likely members of the ODI tour — find themselves in limbo having withdrawn from Royal Challengers Bangalore duty, but they were still in Mumbai as of Tuesday afternoon.