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Sydney, 5 May: The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been postponed and Australian players playing in it will either stay in India or go to third country. Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers Association made it clear on Tuesday that they would not demand an exemption in their national government norms. The Australian government has suspended all flights from India until 15 May. Around 9,000 Australians, including cricketers and former cricketers, are stranded in the IPL. The corona epidemic is at a peak in India and around 4 lakh cases are being reported here every day.
The CA and ACA said in their joint statement issued on Tuesday, “We respect the decision of the Australian Government to stop travel from India until at least 15 May and we will not demand any exemption in this matter.” Three Australian players playing in the IPL – Adam Jampa, Ken Richardson (Royal Challengers Bangalore) and Andrew Tye (Rajasthan Royals) – left for Australia before the government imposed a flight ban but the remaining cricketers remained in India. Umpire Paul Reifel decided to return but his flight via Qatar was also canceled. Commentator Michael Slater had to flee to the Maldives and upon reaching there, he became angry with the government. On Tuesday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison reacted to the possibility of jails from India coming to Australian shores after heavy criticism from home, saying it was unlikely at the moment.
Earlier on Tuesday, the BCCI announced the postponement of IPL through a statement. The decision was taken after more Covid-19 cases surfaced in the IPL bio-bubble on Monday. IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel has confirmed this. This decision has been taken in the emergency meeting of IPL Governing Council and BCCI. IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel said that this decision has been taken keeping in mind the safety of all stakeholders, players, team support staff and officials. In the 14th season of IPL, only 29 matches have been played so far. Its 30 matches were to be played between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians at Arun Jaitley Stadium here on Tuesday. ALSO READ: Maharashtra COVID-19: Death toll from Kovid increases in Maharashtra, improvement in Mumbai
The entire 60 matches were to be played in IPL 2021, which started from April 9 and its final was to be held in Ahmedabad on May 30. The statement further said that the BCCI does not want to compromise the safety of the players, support staff and other participants involved in the conduct of the IPL. This decision has been taken keeping in mind the safety, health and well being of all stakeholders. The IPL said, “These are difficult times, especially in India and in such a situation we have tried to bring in some positivity and cheer. However, it is necessary that the tournament is suspended now and in such a time everyone will see their family and Go back to the loved ones. In the IPL 2021, the BCCI will use its powers to ensure the safe and secure passage of all the participants. ” The IPL said that the BCCI would like to thank all the health workers, state associations, sportspersons, support staff, franchisees, sponsors, partners and all the service providers who have tried their best to organize IPL 2021 even in these very difficult times.