Cricket-turn-commentator Michael Slater has left the bio-bubble of the IPL for the Maldives after Australia suspended flights from India until May 15 due to the unprecedented rise in Kovid-19 cases.

Slater fled to the Maldives after the government clarified that Australians participating in the IPL should make their own arrangements for their return, The Australian newspaper reported.

After arriving in the Maldives, Slater launched a scathing Twitter attack on Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison for not allowing his citizens to return from India, calling the travel ban a “disgrace”.

“If our government cares about Aussie security they will let us go home. It’s a shame !! Blood PM in your hands. How dare you deal with us like this. How do you regulate the quarantine system. I have government permission to work in the IPL, but now I have government negligence,” he said. Slater tweeted.

Morrison said Slater’s comments were “irrelevant.”

“No, this is clearly absurd. It’s about getting more people safely home by preventing a third wave in Australia,” Morrison told Nine Networks.

“Every system faces its stress and I will not break the system. What I am going to do is take proactive measures to protect the system so that I can bring more Australians home and keep Australians safe for a longer period of time,” he said.

Australia has closed its borders and has not allowed any commercial flights from India because of the massive COVID-19 surge there. India currently has over 3 lakh cases and more than 3,000 deaths every day.

The Australian government has temporarily banned its citizens from entering the country within 14 days of their arrival, with up to five years in prison or a hefty fine.

Three Australian players withdrew from the IPL before the travel ban came into effect. There are about 14 Australian players competing in the IPL.


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