As the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on in India with almost 4 lakh positive cases being reported on a daily basis, things are turning out to be worse for a lot of Australians cricketers who flew to country for the 2021 season of the Indian Premier League but now wish to leave the tournament and return home to their families and loved ones.
However, the Australian government had established that since the cricketers had gone to play franchise cricket and were not on national duty, the country would not make arrangements for their travel and that they would have to make their plans on their own. So, Zampa and Richardson found a loophole in the travel plans and reached Melbourne via Doha
With the hopes of corking such issues, Australia has shut down such loopholes and others including Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and has now made it illegal for their own cricketers to return home.
“Failure to comply with an emergency determination under the Biosecurity Act, 2015 may incur a civil penalty of 300 penalty units, five years’ imprisonment or both. The CMO will consider the epidemiology in India and likely impacts on Australia’s quarantine capacity, and provide a further expert assessment of the public health risk to Australia to inform a proportionate response,” the statement further said.
According to media reports, 34 members of the Australian cricket community are in India at the moment which includes 12 players, 11 members of the coaching staff, four commentators, two umpires and five support staff members.