Former Australian cricketer Michael Slater has landed in the Maldives after the Australian Government banned flights from India. Michael Slater was performing the duty of commentator in IPL 2021. Recently, the Australian government banned all commercial and private flights from India till May 15 due to the growing Covid-19 pandemic in India. The government also blocked Australian citizens visiting India from returning home.
India has been witnessing about 3-4 lakh Covid-19 cases on daily basis and the active cases have crossed 32 lakh. Even IPL 2021 has been affected by Covid as two KKR players and three members of CSK’s support staff have tested positive for Covid-19. The Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders match on Monday was postponed and the CSK’s upcoming match against Rajasthan Royals is going to be rescheduled.
Michael Slater Staying In Maldives
An Australian newspaper has reported that Slater is staying in the Maldives as the Australian Government has barred citizens from returning home who visited India. Moreover, such Australian citizens can face imprisonment for five years if they try to enter Australia. Slater has been staying in Maldives currently and waiting for the Australian government’s nod to allow their citizens to return home.
Earlier, Slater had also slammed the Australian government’s decision, saying that it is a disgrace for Australian citizens. Slater posted a tweet to condemn the Australian government for their decision.
“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,” Slater had tweeted.
Earlier, three Australian players Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, and Kane Richardson had left IPL 2021 midway and returned to Australia. They feared being locked out of their home. Liam Livingstone is another cricketer who returned to England leaving IPL 2021 midway. Livingstone cited bubble fatigue as the reason for his ouster from IPL 2021. 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.