Mumbai Indians player Chris Lynn has urged Cricket Australia (CA) to arrange a private charter flight at the end of IPL 2021 for Australian players so that they can reach their home safely. Chris Lynn’s words come after reports of the Australian government shutting its borders for Indian flights are doing the rounds in media. This comes after the worsening situation of the Covid-19 pandemic in India.
So far, three Australian players have already left IPL 2021 midway and flown back to their home country. Rajasthan Royals’ Andrew Tye flew back to Australia fearing being locked out of his home country. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson also returned to Australia citing personal reasons.
Urged Cricket Australia To Arrange Charter Flight For Its Players: Chris Lynn
Cricket Australia on Monday contacted Australian players who are part of IPL 2021 to enquire about their health and safety. Chris Lynn revealed that he urged the Australia Cricket Board to arrange a charter flight for them to return home after IPL 2021.
“I texted back that as Cricket Australia make 10% of every IPL contract was there a chance we could spend that money this year on a charter flight once the tournament is over?” Chris Lynn said.
Lynn also hopes that the Australian government will allow their cricketers to return home after the end of IPL 2021.
“I know there are people worse off than us. But we are going from a really tight bubble and are getting vaccinated next week so hopefully, the government will let us get home on a private charter.
“We are not asking for shortcuts and we signed up knowing the risks. But it would be great to get home as soon as the event is over,” Chris Lynn further said.
While three Australian players have left IPL 2021 midway, players like Chris Lynn, David Warner, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, and Riley Meredith are still part of IPL 2021. Covid-19 cases in India are rising at an alarming rate.
More than 3 lakh new cases of Covid-19 are arriving every day. There are more than 26 lakh active cases of Covid-19 in India at present. BCCI has so far managed to conducted IPL 2021 matches successfully under total precautions.