IPL 2021 suspended: Sunrisers Hyderabad’s now-removed captain David Warner and commentator Michael Slater allegedly got into a brawl in a bar in the Maldives where they are staying put until the Australian government lifts a travel ban. The duo left India with IPL 2021 being suspended indefinitely by the BCCI due to rising cases of COVID-19 inside teams’ bio-bubble. However, the pair has denied any altercation taking place, calling it a “rumour mill buzz”.
After leaving India following IPL 2021’s indefinite suspension, Australian cricketers were left stranded with their government imposing a strict travel ban on travellers from the country. After Michael Slater moved to the Maldives a day before IPL 2021 was put on hold, the BCCI helped move the entire Aussie contingent barring Michael Hussey to the Maldives where they will stay put till May 15 when the travel ban is lifted. Hussey, Chennai Super Kings’ batting coach tested positive for COVID-19 and was moved to Chennai where he is being quarantined. He has since tested negative once.
IPL 2021 suspended: However, allegedly tempers flared in a bar at the Taj Coral Resort where the Australian contingent is staying in the Maldives. David Warner and Michael Slater, a former cricketer and currently a commentator, allegedly got into a physical altercation as per Daily Telegraph.
But both Michael Slater and David Warner have denied the allegations, calling it nothing but a rumour. Slater told the Daily that the two share excellent relation and there was no chance of a fight.
IPL 2021 suspended: “There is absolutely nothing to the rumour mill Buzz. Davie and I are great mates and absolutely zero chance of having a fight,” Michael Slater said.
David Warner, former Australia vice-captain, similarly denied the rumours, saying, “nothing happened.”
“There has been no drama. I don’t know where you get these things from. Unless you were here and have got concrete evidence you can’t write anything. Nothing happened,” David Warner said.
IPL 2021 suspended: Earlier, Michael Slater lashed out at Australia’s travel ban, calling out Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a scathing tweet, saying “blood on your hands, PM” for abandoning some 9,000 Australians in India which is currently going through a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic with daily cases reaching over 400,000.
Amazing to smoke out the PM on a matter that is a human crisis. The panic, the fear of every Australian in India is real!! How about you take your private jet and come and witness dead bodies on the street!
— Michael Slater (@mj_slats) May 5, 2021
If our Government cared for the safety of Aussies they would allow us to get home. It’s a disgrace!! Blood on your hands PM. How dare you treat us like this. How about you sort out quarantine system. I had government permission to work on the IPL but I now have government neglect
— Michael Slater (@mj_slats) May 3, 2021
However, Morrison and David Littleproud, Australia’s Agriculture Minister, hit back at Slater, calling him a “spoiled prat”.
“He is acting like a spoiled prat. No one’s underestimating the harrowing impacts on the Indian people, or on the Australians that are stuck there, but the Australian Government’s primary responsibility is to keep its people safe,” Littleproud said.