A source in Cricket Australia has said that the Australian cricketers currently playing in the IPL 2021 tournament want to continue staying back in India until the end of the tournament. This came after three Aussie cricketers- Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson, and Adam Zampa flew back home citing personal reasons and due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in India.
The Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently announced a ban on passenger flights from India till May 15 and this led to rumors of Australian players not wanting to stay till the end of the IPL 2021, the final of which will be played on May 30.
Some outlets in the Australian media also started speculating that all their players involved in the IPL 2021 wanted to come back immediately via charter flights and they were in touch with the Australian government.
The Players Are Intending To Remain Until The End Of The Tournament: CA Source
Though the media reports are claiming panic amongst the Australian cricketers, sources who have knowledge of the developments in Cricket Australia have refuted such claims of players wanting the government to arrange chartered planes for them to fly back home.
“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 told ANI.
Recently, Mumbai Indians opener Chris Lynn said that he had requested Cricket Australia to arrange a charter flight so that the Australia-bound players can fly home safely after the end of the tournament.
“I texted back that as Cricket Australia make 10 percent of every IPL contract, was there a chance we could spend that money this year on a charter flight once the tournament is over? 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” Lynn told News Corp media.
Apart from this, Australia pacer Pat Cummins also donated $50,000 to the PM Cares Fund to be used to procure oxygen and other supplies for the needy and urged his fellow cricketers in the IPL 2021 to follow suit and donate.