The IPL was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday due to a number of instances being reported inside its bio-bubble, CA and the Australian Cricketers’ Association, in a joint assertion, mentioned they might work out a plan to make sure the protected return of the Australian players and help workers.
“CA and the ACA respect the decision of the Australian Government to pause travel from India until at least May 15 and will not seek exemptions,” the joint assertion mentioned.
“CA is in direct contact with the BCCI as they work through plans to ensure the safe accommodation and repatriation of Australian players, coaches, match officials and commentators back home to Australia.”
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IPL chairman Brijesh Patel advised PTI that the BCCI will “find a way” to ship the league’s international recruits back to their respective nations, and CA thanked the Indian Board for his or her efforts and cooperation.
“CA and the ACA understand the decision of the BCCI to indefinitely postpone the 2021 Indian Premier League for the safety and wellbeing of all participants.
“CA and the ACA thank the BCCI for his or her efforts and cooperation for the protected repatriation of all individuals on the IPL.”
Australia has shut its borders and not allowing any commercial flights from India because of the massive COVID-19 surge there. India is currently recording over 3 lakh cases every day and more than 3,000 daily deaths.
Threatening a five-year jail term or hefty fine, the Australian government temporarily barred its citizens from entering the country if they happened to be in India within 14 days of their intended arrival.
As many as 14 Australian players were competing in the IPL.
Besides the players, some support staff members, including the likes of Ricky Ponting, match referees like Paul Reiffel and a few commentators were also part of the IPL.
Three Australian players left the IPL before the travel ban came into force.