Cricket Australia, on Tuesday, said that it is in constant touch with the Australian contingent in India regarding the ongoing Covid situation in the country and that it will continue to monitor the situation and provide as much assistance as possible.
Cricket Australia’s comments have come after Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison suspended incoming flights from India till May 15 due to the steadily escalating Covid situation in the country.
“Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association are in regular dialogue with players, coaches, match officials and commentators on the ground in India regarding the current situation and we will assist where possible,” said CA in its official statement.
“We will continue to liaise closely with the Australian Government following today’s announcement that direct flights from India to Australia will be paused until May 15, and monitor the situation between now and the tournament’s scheduled conclusion on May 30,” it added.
Cricket Australia also proceeded to thank the BCCI for ensuring the safety of its players during such challenging times.
”We thank the BCCI and IPL for their efforts to keep everyone safe in the tournament’s bio-secure bubble. Once again, our thoughts are with the people of India during this challenging time,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, Australian PM Scott Morrison has said that given the fact that the Australian cricketers traveled to India privately and not as part of the national team, they will have to arrange flights under their own resources.
“They’ve travelled there privately … this wasn’t part of an Australian tour,” Scott Morrison was quoted as saying by 7news.com.au.
“They’re under their own resources. And they’ll be using those resources to, I’m sure, to see them return to Australia in accordance with their own arrangements,” he added.
Three Australian cricketers- Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson- have already pulled out of the tournament but if the report in ANI is to be believed, Cricket Australia has told the news agency that senior Australian cricketers want to compete in the entire season.
”The players are intending to remain until the end of the tournament unless something changes dramatically. The media reports citing otherwise are incorrect,” the CA source said.