Cricket Australia said on Tuesday it would not seek release from the government’s travel ban from India, but would coordinate with BCCI to ensure that Down Under players return safely after the suspension. IPL.
IPL was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday due to numerous cases reported in its bio-bubble, CA and the Australian Cricket Association said in a joint statement that they would draw up a plan to ensure the safe return of Australian players and support staff.
“CA and ACA respect the decision of the Australian government to suspend the break from India until at least May 15 and will not seek exceptions,” the joint statement said.
“CA is in direct contact with BCCI as they work on plans to ensure the safe accommodation and repatriation of Australian players, coaches, match officers and home commentators in Australia.”
IPL President Brisesh Patel told PTI that the BCCI would “find a way” to send foreign rookies from the league back to their respective countries, and California thanked the Indian Council for its efforts and cooperation.
“CA and ACA understand BCCI’s decision to postpone indefinitely the Indian Premier League until 2021 for the safety and well-being of all participants.
“CA and ACA thank BCCI for their efforts and cooperation to safely repatriate all IPL participants.”
Australia has closed its borders and has not allowed any trade flights from India due to the massive influx of COVID-19 there. India currently records more than 3 million cases every day and more than 3,000 deaths a day.
Threatening five years in prison or a hefty fine, the Australian government has temporarily banned its citizens from entering the country if they find themselves in India within 14 days of their expected arrival.
Up to 14 Australian players competed in the IPL.
In addition to the players, some support staff members, including Ricky Ponting, match referees such as Paul Raffel and several commentators were also part of the IPL.
Three Australian players left the IPL before the travel ban took effect.