IPL 2021: Steve Smith, David Warner and other Australians in Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) may face trouble getting back home and could be left stranded after reports of their country’s federal government mulling hefty fine and jail term for those returning from India came out in the local media.
In view of the second wave of Covid-19 in India, Australia has banned all flights coming from India. After this decision of the Australian Government, Australian cricketers playing in the IPL in India are worried about returning home.
As many as 14 Australian cricketers are currently in India playing the Indian Premier League (IPL). These include top draws David Warner, Steve Smith and Pat Cummins.
Australians are also part of various IPL franchises’ coaching/support staff and TV commentary team. These include Ricky Ponting, David Hussey, Brett Lee and Matthew Hayden among others.
There are currently 9,000 Australians in India, including the players and coaching staff participating in the IPL. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has previously said that since the players have gone to India privately for the IPL, they will have to ensure their return on their own.
IPL 2021: Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson could reach home courtesy ‘loophole’
Australian cricketers Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson flew home from India via Qatar on a flight that departed just before the border between Australia and India was sealed at 7pm on Wednesday.
The ABC reported that the cricketers landed in Australia from Doha on Thursday, despite Prime Minister Scott Morrison stating on Tuesday that indirect flights from India through Doha, Dubai, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur had already “been paused by the respective governments”.
The Prime Minister said the loophole have been closed and foreshadowed more extreme measures earlier on Friday morning in an interview on 2GB radio.
“It was [a loophole] that became apparent to us on Wednesday and it was closed off at about seven-o’clock Wednesday evening,” he said.
“That flight that those cricketers were on managed to get away just before that. We had information on Monday that that wasn’t possible.”
IPL 2021: Smith, Warner and other Australians risk jail time & hefty fine on return from India- Check why