IPL: Australian cricketers wear full PPE on flight to Delhi; Australian PM tells IPL stars to make ‘own arrangements’ to return home

The 34-year-old posted on social media, a photo of himself and his teammate Kane Williamson from head to toe in full personal protective equipment, including a mask, visor and full protective suit, as they surrendered in Delhi for the next Sunrisers Hyderabad game.

India reported 323,144 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 17,636,307, including 197,894 deaths, according to a CNN tally of figures from the Indian Ministry of Health.

A number of players have already pulled out of the IPL for personal reasons, including three of Warner’s Aussie teammates – Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye.

The lucrative IPL, which runs until May 30, is a two-month cricket festival, attracting huge contracts for the world’s best players.

On Tuesday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a suspension of direct flights from India until May 15.

Morrison also told Australian cricketers playing in the IPL that they will not be able to return home ahead of other Australians currently stranded in the country.

“They went there in private,” he said. “It was not part of an Australian tour.

“They are dependent on their own resources and they will also use those resources, I am sure, to see them return to Australia according to their own arrangements.”

Cricket Australia did not respond to CNN’s request for comment asking if the organization had concerns for the safety of its players or if contingency plans had been put in place to help them.

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Warner plays a shot during the game against the Punjab Kings.

Seek help

Australia international Chris Lynn said he has asked Cricket Australia to hire a plane for the Australian players to help them get home once the IPL is over.

“I replied that as Cricket Australia wins 10 percent of every IPL contract, was there any chance we could spend that money this year on a charter flight after the tournament is over?” Lynn, who says she is “comfortable” in the bubble environment, told Reuters.

“I know there are people in a worse situation than us. But we’re coming out of a really tight bubble and getting vaccinated next week, so hopefully the government will allow us to go home on a private charter.

“We’re not asking for any shortcuts and we signed up knowing the risks. But it would be great to come home as soon as the event is over.”

Lynn watches the big screen during the Big Bash League game between the Sydney Thunder and the Brisbane Heat at Manuka Oval on January 31, 2021.

The IPL regular season is scheduled to end on May 23 with playoffs and playoffs to follow before the final on May 30.

According to Forbes, the IPL is the sixth most valuable sports league in the world, behind the NFL, the Champions League and the four biggest national leagues in European football.

“Obviously India is in chaos right now, but we’re at least giving people a smile by playing the tournament,” added Mumbai Indian drummer Lynn.

Earlier this week, Australia’s Pat Cummins, who was the most expensive overseas buy in IPL’s 2020 auction, reflected on the debate on whether to continue.
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“I am informed that the Indian government believes that playing IPL while the population is locked out provides a few hours of joy and respite each day at an otherwise difficult time for the country,” Cummins wrote. in a statement on Twitter.

Williamson plays a shot in Game 14 of the Indian Premier League.

Cummins also called on IPL players to help fund medical supplies, including oxygen supplies, to those who need them most.

“I encourage my fellow IPL players – and anyone else in the world who has been touched by India’s passion and generosity – to contribute. I’ll start with $ 50,000, ”Cummins wrote on Twitter.

Neither the Indian Cricket Control Council (BCCI) nor the IPL were available for comment when contacted by CNN.

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