No plans to arrange flights for Australians returning from IPL, says CA chief

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No plans to arrange flights for Australians returning from IPL, says CA chief

Cricket Australia chief Nick Hockley said that the board will not be able to arrange a charter flight for Australians returning from the IPL

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Cricket Australia chief Nick Hockley on Monday said that the Board has no plans to arrange a charter flight to bring its players back home from a COVID-19-ravaged India once the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 gets over.

"There's no suggestion at the moment of any charter flight," Hockley told Melbourne radio station SEN.

Hockley insisted that Australian players are feeling safe and secure in the IPL bio-bubble but his comments came before it emerged that two Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) players Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier have tested positive, which has led to the postponement of the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday.

Mumbai Indians batsman Chris Lynn had recently claimed he had requested Cricket Australia to arrange for a charter flight for Australia players after the tournament concludes on May 30.

The Australian government, for the first time in history, recently imposed a ban on its citizens from returning home, if they have spent time in India up to 14 days before flying back. The government has also threatened its returning citizens with five years of jail term or a penalty of 66,000 Australian dollars (USD 50,899), a decision which has been criticized by IPL commentator Michael Slater.



(With inputs from PTI)

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