IPL 2021 suspended: The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League is suspended but the uncertainty and worries for the foreign players have increased. No one has any idea, how and when exactly they will return home. InsideSport.co spoke to 3 foreign players based in Delhi at this stage – who are completely clueless about their return journey, especially the Australian players playing in IPL don’t know when and where they will be heading.
“Situation is unprecedented. I just spoke to my franchise managers about how I will return to Australia. They have asked us to wait as they are waiting for BCCI’s instructions. I along with my other Australian colleagues are worried, how and where I will go back”, said one of the Aussie players.
IPL 2021 suspended: “I spoke to Slater today morning. He is stuck in Maldives – no idea where to go. We don’t want to get into such a situation. I am confident, BCCI and franchises will do something about our return journey. I don’t want to spend anytime here anymore”, said a very worried overseas player of Sunrisers Hyderabad.
In the current situation, many Australian players have decided to follow Slater to the Maldives. Players like Steven Smith, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell will join Slater while support staffs like Ricky Ponting and Simon Katich are also expected to leave for the Maldives till the Australian government decides otherwise. Currently, the Australian government has banned any traveller from India till May 15.
IPL 2021 suspended: InsideSport.co also reached out to BCCI to check how safe passage for the players will be ensured, but no clear answers came in on the concerns of the players. Meanwhile, BCCI in its official statement in regard to suspension of IPL 2021 has mentioned that they will ensure safe and secure passage for all participants in IPL 2021.
“The BCCI will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021,” read a statement from BCCI, something IPL chairman Brijesh Patel agreed to. “We need to send them home and we will find a way to do that,” he said.
IPL 2021 Suspended: Why foreign players are worried about their return journey?
Most of the countries have already banned entry for those coming from India in wake of Covid-19 crisis in India.
IPL 2021 suspended: Australia: Australian government has gone to the extent of saying on record that Australians coming from India will be jailed. Cricket Australia & Australian Cricketers Association is trying to reason out with the local government in regard to the players’ return journey. Australia has shut its borders, not allowing any commercial flights from India, which has been badly hit by the Covid-19 crisis. The ban will be in place till May 15. The Australian government also threatened a 5-year jail term of a hefty fine for its citizens if they entered Australia after having been in India within their last 14 days of their arrival.
England: The players from England will require to get into quarantine for 10 days at a government-approved hotel and test on days 2 and 8 before being allowed to enter the UK.
New Zealand: New Zealand is yet to pass any ruling against anyone coming from India and are allowing entry.
Bangladesh: Air travel from India to Bangladesh stands suspended but the land border is open with the caveat of a 14-day quarantine.
South Africa & West Indies: Players from both countries can travel back but the problem they will face is the UAE, a major transit point for most flights, has stopped entertaining flights from India.
IPL 2021 Suspended – Michael Slater still stuck in Maldives:
On Monday, former Australia cricketer and commentator Michael Slater got out of India but is still stuck in the Maldives according to reports. Slater has criticized Prime Minister Scott Morrison, slamming his government over the travel ban.
“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 the quarantine system. I had government permission to work on the IPL but I now have government neglect,” Slater said in a social media post.
“And for those who think this is a money exercise. Well, forget it. This is what I do for a living and I have not made a penny having left early. So please stop the abuse and think of the thousands dying in India each day. It’s called empathy. If only our government had some!” he added.
The situation with Slater is making players more worried about their return journey.
IPL 2021 Suspended: Foreign players distribution by franchise:
Chennai Super Kings (CSK): England: Moeen Ali, Sam Curran; Australia: Jason Behrendorff; South Africa: Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi; New Zealand: Mitchell Santner.
Delhi Capitals (DC): England: Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Chris Woakes; Australia: Marcus Stoinis, Steve Smith; Guyana: Shimron Hetmyer; South Africa: Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): England: Eoin Morgan; Australia: Ben Cutting, Pat Cummins; Bangladesh: Shakib al Hasan, Trinidad: Sunil Narine; New Zealand: Lockie Ferguson, Tim Seifert; Jamaica: Andre Russell.
Mumbai Indians (MI): Australia: Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn; South Africa: Quinton de Kock, Marco Jansen; New Zealand: Trent Boult, James Neesham, Adam Milne.
Punjab Kings (PBKS): England: Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan; Australia: Moises Henriques, Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith; Trinidad: Nicholas Pooran; Jamaica: Chris Gayle, Fabian Allen.
Rajasthan Royals (RR): England: Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone; Australia: Andrew Tye; Bangladesh: Mustafizur Rahman; South Africa: Gerald Coetzee, David Miller.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Australia: Daniel Sams, Dan Christian, Glenn Maxwell; New Zealand: Scott Kuggeleijn, Finn Allen, Kyle Jamieson; South Africa: AB de Villiers.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Australia: David Warner; England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow; New Zealand: Kane Williamson; Afghanistan: Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Nabi; Barbados: Jason Holder.