- BCCI has promised “secure and safe passage” for all members.
- Present journey restrictions make it an advanced course of for a lot of.
- Gamers from Australia, England, South Africa, and different international locations are in India.
The abrupt Indian Premier League (IPL) suspension on Tuesday had a number of prime worldwide cricketers scrambling to return house however it’s unlikely to be a easy passage out of India for a lot of of them.
The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has promised “secure and safe passage” for all members however current journey restrictions make it an advanced course of for a lot of, particularly the 40-odd Australian contingent, together with 14 gamers, in India.
Australia has banned travellers from India, together with its personal residents, from getting into the nation till Might 15, on the ache of jail and fines.
Cricket Australia (CA) couldn’t have excellent news for the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner in a press release with the Australian Cricketers’ Affiliation (ACA).
“CA and the ACA respect the decision of the Australian Government to pause travel from India until at least May 15 and will not seek exemptions,” it mentioned.
The Australian board mentioned it was “in direct contact” with the BCCI “to ensure the safe accommodation and repatriation of Australian players, coaches, match officials and commentators back home to Australia”.
Former check participant and commentator Michael Slater, stranded within the Maldives, had earlier criticised the ban on arrivals from India, saying Prime Minister Scott Morrison has “blood” on his palms.
Morrison dismissed that as “absurd” on Tuesday.
“What we’re doing here is we’ve got a temporary pause in place because we’ve seen a rapid escalation in the infection rate in people who have travelled out of India,” Morrison mentioned on the 9 Community.
Returning is not going to be easy for England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan, who leads IPL’s Kolkata franchise, and 10 of his compatriots both.
Britain added India to its journey “red-list” final month, which suggests the English contingent should quarantine for 10 days in a lodge.
The England and Wales Board (ECB) mentioned it was in contact with the English contingent “as arrangements are put in place for them to return home safely”.
“The ECB …thanks the BCCI for its commitment to do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all those taking part in the competition,” an ECB spokesperson mentioned.
The South African cricket board mentioned it was making preparations to carry again gamers and assist workers.
“Those travelling back to South Africa will undergo home quarantine in line with the current World Health Organization recommendations,” Cricket South Africa mentioned in a press release.