Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne has admitted that the IPL bid is “becoming a matter of luck” in the wake of the rising Kovid-19 cases in India.
The 26-year-old, who had no buyers at the IPL auction in February, expressed concern over his participation in the ongoing lucrative league in India for his compatriots.
“It looks like a blessing (to miss out on the IPL),” Labuschagne told PA Media.
“I want to play in the IPL, this is a great tournament. But the coin always has two sides. If I was in the IPL, I would have been away and winning the shield would not have come so often.
“Second, you are seeing the situation in India now and it does not look great,” added Labuschagne, who is affiliated with county cricket club Glamorgan.
In the second wave of the epidemic India is growing by more than 3 lakhs daily, the crisis is caused by the shortage of some crucial medicines and oxygen supply.
The Australian government has suspended all direct passenger flights in India until May 15 due to the rise in Kovid-19 cases in India.
The IPL league matches end on May 23, followed by the qualifiers (May 25, 28) and the eliminator (May 26) and the final (May 30) – all in Ahmedabad.
Labaschagne has revealed that most Australian players in the IPL bio-bubble are not unsafe but are worried about coming back down.
“You obviously feel for them. But I haven’t talked to a lot of guys who are insecure.
“This is a return to Australia and how it will be. I hope they stay safe and that they return safely to Australia,” he added.
Fear of being locked out of their home country prompted bowlers Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa to leave for Australia early.
However, attempts to leave the Australian umpire Paul Riffel have stalled as his country has suspended air travel with India.