Australia has closed its borders and there are no commercial flights allowed from India largely due to COVID-19.
Cricket Australia said on Tuesday that it would not be exempt from the government-imposed travel ban on flights originating from India, but would coordinate with the BCCI to ensure that Australia’s players return safely after the suspension of the IPL.
The IPL was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday due to several cases within the bio-bubble. CA and the Australian Cricketers’ Association said in a joint statement, they will formulate a plan to ensure the safe return of Australian players and support staff.
“The CA and ACA respect the Australian government’s decision to stop travel from India until at least 15 May and will not seek an exemption,” the joint statement said.
“CA is in direct contact with the BCCI as they work through plans to ensure the safe residence and repatriation of Australian players, coaches, match officials and commentators.” IPL President Brijesh Patel told PTI The BCCI will “find a way” to send the league’s foreign recruits back to their countries, and the CA thanked the Indian board for their efforts and cooperation.
“The CA and ACA understand the BCCI’s decision to postpone the 2021 Indian Premier League indefinitely for the safety and well-being of all participants.
“CA and ACA thank the BCCI for their efforts and cooperation for safe repatriation of all the participants in the IPL.”
Australia has closed its borders and there are no commercial flights allowed from India largely due to COVID-19. India currently maintains a record of 3 lakh cases per day and more than 3,000 daily deaths.
Threatening a five-year jail term or heavy fines, the Australian government temporarily barred its citizens from entering the country if they occurred in India within 14 days of their intended arrival.
There were 14 Australian players competing in the IPL.
Apart from the players, some support staff members, including match referees like Ricky Ponting, Paul Reiffel and some commentators, were part of the IPL.
Three Australian players left the IPL before the travel ban came into force.