IPL 2021 foreign players request the arrangements of flight for home at the end of this tournament.
The BCCI’s promise to bring everyone home came on the day Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that IPL players would not have priority for travel. On Tuesday, Australia announced a ban on all air traffic from India until May 15 following a spike in coronavirus cases.
In an email to teams and players, BCCI’s acting executive director said the Indian cricket board was in contact with government authorities to finalize travel plans for foreign cricketers when the tournament concludes.
Three Australians decided to leave the IPL prematurely during the last three days citing “personal reasons”. India reported nearly 320,000 Covid-19 cases and 2,762 deaths on Monday.
The BCCI email sought to allay fears that foreign players would be trapped in India due to travel restrictions.
“We understand that many of you are concerned about how you will return home after the tournament is over, which is natural and understandable. We want to inform you that you have nothing to worry about. BCCI will do everything possible to ensure that you reach your respective destinations smoothly.
“The BCCI is monitoring the situation very closely and is working with government authorities to make arrangements to take him home once the tournament is over. Rest assured that the tournament is not over for BCCI until each of you has arrived home safely, ”BCCI Acting Executive Director Hemang Amin wrote in an email to teams, players, and support staff.
Adam Zampa, who is ready to go home, told The Age and Herald on Tuesday that the ‘terrible Covid situation’, ‘bubble fatigue’, and ‘lack of motivation’ were the reasons why he decided to fly. back to Australia.
Mumbai Indians hitter Chris Lynn was the latest player to raise concerns about returning home. He told News Corp media about asking Cricket Australia to charter a flight for the players after the tournament was over. But Morrison’s statement and the travel ban meant there was no guarantee that cricketers would be able to fly back at the end of their respective IPL seasons.
“They have traveled there in private. This was not part of an Australian tour. They are on their own resources and they will also use them, I’m sure, to see them return to Australia according to their own arrangements, ”Morrison told The Guardian.
‘Quite serious situation’
Zampa’s Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye of the Rajasthan Royals are the other two who left for Australia before the travel ban was enforced.
“Obviously the COVID situation here is pretty dire. I just felt, swinging to train and stuff, obviously, I wasn’t playing on the team too, I was going to train and I couldn’t find the motivation, ”Zampa told The Age and The Herald.
“[There were] a few other things like bubble fatigue and a chance to get home, once all the news about the flights and everything got out. I thought this was the best time to make the call. ”
In total, 35 Australians are on the IPL, including 13 players, 11 coaches, four commentators, two referees, and four support staff.
In a statement Tuesday, Cricket Australia said they are having “regular dialogues with players, coaches, match officials and commentators on the ground in India.” “We will remain in close contact with the Australian government following today’s announcement that direct flights from India to Australia will stop until 15 May …”
The interim CEO’s email also tried to justify the reasons for holding the tournament when the second wave swept through India with record cases and deaths.
“While playing this sport, we all love it, you are also doing something really important. As some of you have said, “If we can help distract people from all the troubles of recent times, even for a short time, we will have done a great job.” When everyone hits the field, they are bringing hope to millions of people who have tuned in. If even for a minute, you can make someone smile, then you have done well. Although you are a professional and you will play to win, this time you are also playing for something much more important…. humanity.”
Gold medalist shooter from the Beijing Olympics in India, Abhinav Bindra, wrote in The Indian Express about how cricketers “should realize how privileged they are to be able to play the IPL in these times.”
The IPL is played in six locations, but in a staggered fashion. The first leg of the tournament was played in Chennai and Mumbai, while the second, which started on Monday, will be in Ahmedabad and Delhi. Bangalore and Kolkata are the other venues and the play-offs and the final will take place in Ahmedabad. League matches will end on May 23, followed by the Playoffs on May 25-28, the Playoff on May 26, and the Final on May 30.
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