The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) has asked its players to do homework and weigh the risks of travelling to overseas T20 leagues after the Aussie cricketers were stranded in India following the cancellation of the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to Covid-19.Also Read - AB de Villiers Not A Part of The IPL 2022 For Only One Major Reason, Opens Up on Decision to Retire
“I’m not sure it will create reticence [in future] but it will ensure players do their due diligence before they sign agreements,” Todd Greenberg, the chief executive of the Australian Cricketers’ Association, was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. Also Read - MS Dhoni Leads CSK to 4th Title to Virat Kohli Stepping Down as RCB Skipper; Why Indian Premier League is Most-Searched Topic by Indians in 2021
“The world is literally changing before our eyes particularly with Covid and on that side of the world, obviously, those cases are going up exponentially,” he added. Also Read - Virat Kohli Announcing Birth of Daughter Vamika Most Liked Tweet of Year 2021; Pat Cummins' Heart-Warming Gesture With COVID-19 Donation Most Retweeted
“We’re enjoying our freedoms here in Australia. It is a very different place over there. If anything it sends a message to players about making sure you do your homework before making any decisions.”
While three Australian cricketers – Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson (Royal Challengers Bangalore) and Andrew Tye (Rajasthan Royals) – left earlier and returned home, the remaining cricketers were stranded as the flights from India are suspended till May 15.
Former cricketer Michael Slater, who was commentating at the IPL, escaped to Maldives. The remaining Aussie cricketers and members of the coaching staff of various teams as well as commentators may have to go through either Maldives or Sri Lanka on their way back to Australia.