Star Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell said he, along with other cricketers in his country, could not object to a chartered flight carrying players from India, New Zealand and England to the United Kingdom after the IPL.
A senior BCCI official agreed that the option could be explored by looking at international travel guidelines in the last week of May, as all commercial flights from India to Australia have been banned here due to the Kovid-19 cases.
“We want to find a way home. BCCI, two governments can work out a solution. If we have to wait a little longer, there is a way to get home at some point,” Maxwell told The Final Word Podcast, hosted by journalists Geoff Lemon and Adam Collins. .
“India and England are going to play in England. Worse, we have to wait in England and find a way out of that chartered (flight) and get out of India. I’m sure a lot of guys will try,” Maxwell said.
India and New Zealand are ready to fight in the final of the World Test Championship from June 18 and will travel to England for it after the IPL. England players in the ongoing league are expected to accompany them on the same flight.
BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal said the BCCI would consider several options to ensure that all foreign players return safely to their home countries during travel restrictions.
“Traveling to England and from there to Australia may be an option to be explored. There are various options and apparently the BCCI strives and takes the health and safety of the players without compromising anything,” Dhumal told PTI.
For Maxwell, it’s about finding a safe way they can use after the IPL is over, after which the bio bubble is expected to break. Fourteen Australians remain in the league after three pull-outs.
“After the IPL is over and the bubble is broken, you don’t want to be stuck here, try and look for a safe way forward,” the Big Show said.
“This is what I went to Winnie (the fianc భార్యe). If things happen too far south, too bad, what should we really do if there is no help? At present I am sure there will be help from the BCCI to accommodate foreign players,” he added.
Despite Maxwell acknowledging that the health situation in India is dire with over 3 lakh positive cases every day, the BCCI has been able to create a “solid bio bubble”.
“It has become very fast in India but we are well sheltered in the bubble. We do not really go out much (to the outside world). We go straight to the hotel, trying to stick to the franchise business as usual, it’s playing your game …”
While in touch with Keynes Richardson and Adam Zampa, Maxwell said he felt it was prudent to wait until conditions improved, even though he had fled to Lockdown after travel restrictions went into effect.
“This is probably a situation I have to be careful of, making and getting caught up in one of these decisions. Obviously, the government says they are going to close the borders from India and it would be very scary if you get stuck here.
“We hope May 15 will come. Hopefully things will improve and there is a lot of work to be done here in India. You will see that countless people trapped in hospitals need extra support. It will go a long way to improve.”
Australian PM Scott Morrison has said that since all Australians participating in the IPL have gone on their own, they will not have a supportive priority to return.
There are currently 5000 Aussies in India. We are not asking for priority treatment, we hope conditions in India will turn upside down and we can find a way to reach home safely.
“We knew it was bad when we got here …. we turn on the TV, the news channels are showing 24 × 7 … it’s hard to swallow. We had 700 cases at one time, in Australia. It’s nothing compared to what happened here,” he said. Said.