The Australian duo of Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson finally managed to leave India after pulling out of the IPL 2021. The duo was part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad but decided to quit the tournament amid the covid-19 surge in India.
Another reason amongst their “personal reasons” was being left stranded in India as the Australian government suspended flights from India until May 15 as the country grapples with the second wave of covid. The UK has as well put India on the “red list” due to the rising numbers of covid cases and will not allow any non-British citizen from India to enter England.
Adam Zampa And Kane Richardson were expected home by late on Thursday and will undergo two weeks of hotel quarantine, confirmed a spokesman for the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA).
Before the RCB due, Rajasthan Royals pacer Andrew Tye had pulled out of the tournament and left for home. He, too, is currently serving his 14-day quarantine.
Both Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa are white-ball regulars for Australia and will be expected to feature in the limited-overs tour of West Indies – the squad will depart in late June for three ODIs and as many T20Is. Kane Richardson played in one game for RCB this season, while the leg-spinner couldn’t make it into the eleven before both pulled out.
Cricket Australia to consider a charter flight to bring back Australians from IPL
About 40 Australians which comprises players, coaches, officials, and commentators still remain involved in the IPL. While Prime Minister Scott Morrison said they would not be allowed to jump the queue for repatriation flights when they resume.
The ACA said it was having “conversations” with Cricket Australia and the Australian government to employ a charter flight to bring them back from the tournament which ends on May 30th.
“That’s one of the conversations we’re having with Cricket Australia at the moment about whether or not that’s something that’s available to us,” Todd Greenberg, the ACA Chief Executive, said on 2GB radio as quoted by ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.
“We can also work with all the owners of the Premier League franchises who are effectively contracting the players. There’s certainly a conversation to be had about that. They’re not simple things to organise, as you’d imagine.
“If we can try to find a seamless approach to get them home safely that’s something between us and CA and our players that we’ll work on,” he added.