Stranded cricket star banned travel to Australia

    New Delhi: Former Australian cricketer Michael Slater on Monday threatened his government that anyone who breaks the India travel ban should be threatened to be sent to jail, telling the Prime Minister that he has “put blood on your hands”.

    Australia warned on Saturday that people entering from India – where a raging Kovid-19 epidemic has pushed the healthcare system to breaking point – could face five years behind bars.

    The threat came after passengers discovered a flaw after taking indirect flights home from India. They included cricketers Adam Zampa and Ken Richardson, who left their Indian Premier League clubs after the ban.

    Slater, now a well-known television pundit, was commenting on the IPL for broadcaster Star Sports in India before dropping out of the tournament as the case numbers went up.

    He traveled to the Maldives, where he is waiting to find out when he can return home, the Australian newspaper reported on Monday.

    The 51-year-old tweeted, “If our government cared about Assi’s safety, they would have allowed us to go home. It’s a humiliating thing. PM ​​your hands.”

    Critics have accused Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government of leaving the country’s citizens in times of crisis.

    Morrison has also rejected calls for charter flights for the IPL to return thousands of citizens, including cricketers in India.

    Travel restrictions introduced in India to prevent it from spreading to Australia will remain in force until 15 May.

    The IPL postponed the match for the first time due to a virus crisis on Monday after two players tested positive.

    Despite the spike in transition, Indian cricket officials have not canceled the IPL, stressing that lucrative competition is helping to raise spirits.

    Australia closed its international borders for most non-citizens in March 2020.

    Those who travel the country are required to spend 14 days in a quarantine hotel.

    Slater captured the top spot in the Australian Test batting order for close to a decade, scoring 5,312 runs before his 2004 retirement.


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