A chartered flight to bring back Australian cricketers after the IPL in India is under consideration, although player Richard Kolbeck has made it clear that the government has not yet approved such a move, the country’s players ’association said on Wednesday.
Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) chief Todd Greenberg said Cricket Australia would talk to IPL franchise owners about the arrangement, but agreed it was not a normal thing.
“Is this one of the conversations we are currently having with Cricket Australia or is it available to us,” Greenburg told the Sydney Morning Herald on 2GB Radio.
“We can also work with all the owners of the Premier League franchises who are effectively contracting players. There will definitely be a dialogue about that,” he added.
“They are not normal things to handle as you might expect. If we try to find a seamless approach to getting them home safely, it will work between us and the CA and our players.
The BCCI has already assured the IPL’s overseas recruitment that it is their responsibility to return to their safe homeland after the tournament ends on May 30. India is facing an explosion of COVID-19 cases and the country’s health infrastructure deals with millions of people every day. New cases.
“Make sure the tournament for BCCI is not over until each of you reaches your home safely and securely,” Hemang Amin, COO of the Board of India, said in a letter to the players on Tuesday.
Such a chartered aircraft would require the approval of the Australian Government and Kolbeck said no decision had yet been made on the matter.
“No decisions have yet been made regarding the cricketers (approval for the charter flight),” Kolbeck told ABC Radio.
“One reason to pause is to give our hotel quarantine some space because of the load we saw from India,” he said.
As the second wave of Kovid-19 infections hit India, the Australian government on Tuesday suspended air travel with the country, urging players to make their own arrangements for their return.
Even before that announcement, Kane had threatened people like Andrew Tye to return to Australia with Richardson and Adam Zampa.
Mumbai Indians Australian batsman Chris Lynn also said he hopes to arrange a chartered flight for those returning to Cricket Australia.
Currently, there are 14 more Australian players in the IPL, including big names like Steve Smith (Delhi Capitals), David Warner (Sunrisers Hyderabad) and Cummins.
Ricky Ponting (DC) and Simon Katich (Royal Challengers Bangalore) are among the top Australian coaches, while legendary former players Matthew Hayden, Brett Lee and Lisa Sthalekar are on the tournament commentary team.
The ACA chief, however, said the players would not ask for any priority treatment and the queue would not jump when the Australian government evacuates its citizens from India. Nearly 9000 Australians in India are trying to return home.
“The only thing I can tell you is that our players are not waiting for specific purposes,” Greenberg said.
“There are no free rides or expectations from our players. They are looking for the right information so they can plan accordingly.
Greenberg said many players in the tournament’s bio-security bubble are “really comfortable” and hope to fulfill their commitment.
However, they are uneasy about what will happen beyond the final.
“They were all very anxious. They were one of the biggest hotspots we’ve seen since COVID. They were so anxious to get home at the end.
“But they are also anxious about how beautiful India is … and they are seeing such devastation.”