Former Australian cricketer Michael Slater slammed the Australian government for blocking their citizens from returning home from India. The Australian government recently banned international flights from India till May 15. The government has also announced that those people who will try to enter the country from India during the period can face imprisonment for five years. The decision comes due to the surging Covid-19 cases in India.
Michael Slater was performing the duty of commentator in IPL 2021. Reports suggest that Slater tried to return to Australia recently but was not successful. He is currently staying in the Maldives waiting for the Australian government to allow citizens to enter the country. Some Australian cricketers are also part of IPL 2021 and fear for their safe return to Australia after the conclusion of IPL 2021.
How Dare You Treat Us Like This: Michael Slater
Michael Slater posted a tweet to slam the Australian government for their decision. He said that it is a grace to lock Australian citizens out of their homes.
“If our Government cared for the safety of Aussies they would allow us to get home. It’s a disgrace!! Blood on your hands PM. How dare you treat us like this. How about you sort out the quarantine system. I had government permission to work on the IPL but I now have government neglect”, Slater wrote on Twitter.
If our Government cared for the safety of Aussies they would allow us to get home. It's a disgrace!! Blood on your hands PM. How dare you treat us like this. How about you sort out quarantine system. I had government permission to work on the IPL but I now have government neglect
— Michael Slater (@mj_slats) May 3, 2021
Some Australian cricketers left IPL 2021 midway due to fears of getting locked out of their own country. Rajasthan Royals’ pacer Andrew Tye, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson are among the players who left IPL 2021 midway.
However, many Australian players like David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Pat Cummins, Chris Lynn, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith, and Moises Henriques are still part of IPL 2021.
The covid-19 pandemic has taken a huge toll on India in its 2nd wave. About 3-4 lakh cases of Covid-19 are arriving on daily basis. There are more than 32 lakh active cases of Covid-19 in the country. About 2 to 3 thousand people are losing their life due to Covid-19 on a daily basis. Many states have imposed partial lockdowns and curfews to counter the issue.
Covid-19 has also affected IPL 2021. The Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore match on Monday (May 3) has been postponed after some KKR players got infected by Covid-19. Moreover, 3 staff members of Chennai Super Kings have also tested positive for Covid-19.