Australian cricketers may face trouble getting back home and could be left stranded somewhere after their media reported that Australian government was mulling hefty fine and jail term for those returning from India, which is reeling under unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases.
As many as 14 Australian cricketers, including stars like David Warner, Steve Smith and Pat Cummins, are currently playing the Indian Premier League in India. Apart from this, former players like Ricky Ponting, Davis Hussey, Brett Lee and Matthew Hayden are also part of various IPL franchises’ coaching/support staff and TV commentary team.
Australian Nine News has reported that the government was considering a further step by making it a crime, punishable by a maximum $66,000 fine or five years’ jail, if they travel home from India by invoking powers under the “Biosecurity Act”. Three of the Australian cricketers — Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye — have already returned home via Qatar. However, since their arrival home, the Australian borders have been completely sealed. Umpire Paul Reiffel, who also wanted to return via Qatar after the three cricketers, couldn’t do so as the flights to Australia were by then cancelled.