Several top Australian cricketers may soon return to Australia from India, including Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner and Delhi Capitals player Steve Smith. Australia’s PM Scott Morrison announced a ban on direct flights from India. Under this announcement, commercial and government repatriation services and connecting flights to the country will not be used until May 15.
The report states, ‘We have 30 players, coaches and commentators who are naturally eager to get out of India. In view of the deteriorating situation, he is facing the right situation in terms of health all over the country. There were 17 Australian players participating in the Indian Premier League, out of which three – Adam Jampa, Ken Richardson (both Royal Challengers Bangalore) and Andrew Tye (Rajasthan Royals) have already returned home.
Tye told cricket.com that he does not want to go out of the country. Ricky Ponting (Delhi Capital), David Hussey (Kolkata Knight Riders) and Simon Katich (Royal Challengers Bangalore) as well as commentators Brett Lee, Michael Slater and Matthew Hayden are in India. The report said that talks were on to bring the players back by chartered plane.
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The 9 News report claimed that negotiations are underway and a suggestion for this has been ‘discontinued’ but nothing has been finalized. Cricket Australia, however, stated that there is no chartered scheme for players at this point. The second option is being discussed. Quarantina may have to occur in a third country before reaching Australia.
(With input from IANS)