Byline By- Vinayak Heliwal
Former Australian batsman turned commentator Micheal Slater on Monday lashed out at the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison amid the travel ban as Coronavirus continued to rage in India.
Slater launched a scathing attack at Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison over the government’s decision to ban the return of its citizen from India, which has been badly hit by the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic.
Australia has shut its border, not allowing any commercial flights from India due to the Covid-19 crisis. The ban will be in place till May 15.
The government has also threatened a five-year jail term of a hefty fine for its citizen if they enter Australia after having been in India within their last 14 days of their arrival.
For the unversed several Australian players including Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, and Andre The had left India before the ban was announced but still more than 20 Australian players are part of the IPL along with a few commentators from Australia.
Criticizing Morrison’s statement, Slater tweeted: “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.”
“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.
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia interim CEO Nick Hockley has said that there are no immediate plans for arranging charter flights to bring back Australian players once the IPL concludes on May 30.
“There’s no suggestion at the moment of any charter flight. We’re working closely and talking closely with the ACA (Australian Cricketers’ Association), with the players and with the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) to make sure everyone’s okay and the people have got full information,” Hockley
“We’ve been in touch with the players there and they are generally in good spirits. The work the BCCI has done around the (bio-secure) bubble means they are feeling safe and secure, and those we’ve talked to are generally planning to complete their playing commitments. The BCCI has come out and said they understand and want to support the players in making sure they get home safely at the end,” he added.
Further talking about IPL, Hockley said: “The tournament doesn’t finish until the 30th of May, so for the moment it’s monitor the situation and as we get closer to the end of the tournament we’ll need to see where the situation is at.”