Top Australian cricketers, including David Warner and Steve Smith, may soon fly back to Australia from India, as all eyes are on Tuesday’s Australian National Security Cabinet meeting, which will discuss reducing or even banning flights from India.
According to a report in 9News early Tuesday morning, “Australian cricketers, including David Warner and Steve Smith, now hope to be taken to India before the borders close.”
Warner leads SunRisers Hyderabad while Steve Smith fights for the capital Delhi.
“We have 30 players, coaches and commentators who really want to get out of India, naturally given the deteriorating situation they are facing healthily across the country,” the report added.
17 Australian players took part in the Indian Premier League, three of them – Adam Zampa,, Kane Richardson (both Royal Challengers Bangalore) and Andrew Tye (Rajasthan Royals) have already returned home. Tye told cricket.com.au he did not want to be locked out of the country.
There are coaches like Ricky Ponting (Delhi Capitals), David Hussey (The Knights) and Simon Katic (Royal Challengers Bangalore), as well as commentators Brett Lee, Michael Slater and Matthew Hayden.
The report added that negotiations were under way to return the players to a charter plane. The 9News report claims that talks are under way and a proposal for it is “tied”, but nothing has been finalized.
However, Cricket Australia told IANS that there are no plans to have a charter plan for the players at this time.
The other option being discussed is quarantine in a third country before reaching Australia.
“I’ll just wait and see how this develops. The worst is the worst, we’ll have to quarantine in Dubai for a few weeks before we can fly home. But I’m sure it will work out.” Australian pacer Nathan Coulter-Neal, who is with the Mumbai Indians, told cricket.com.au.
Coulter-Neil, however, remains adamant to stay behind.
But this may not be possible if a complete ban on flights from India is discussed and introduced.
Nine Media and news.com.au announce that the complete ban on flights will be discussed at the meeting of the National Security Committee of the Cabinet.