Mumbai Indians batsman Chris Lynn has requested Cricket Australia to arrange a chartered flight to take its players home from COVID-ravaged India after the IPL is over and revealed that his franchise will get all members of the team vaccinated next week.Also Read - MI vs DC Dream11 Team Prediction, TATA IPL 2022 Match 68 Fantasy Hints: Captain, Vice Captain Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals, Playing 11s For Today’s T20 Match Wankhede Stadium at 7:30 PM IST May 21, Saturday
However Australia is set to consider a proposal on Tuesday to suspend flights from India to prevent more virulent coronavirus variants entering the country following a surge in positive COVID-19 cases in India. Also Read - IPL 2022: Delhi Capitals Owner Parth Jindal Makes A Snarky Remark Ahead of MI vs DC Clash | See Tweet
Three Australian players — Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa — have withdrawn from the league amid the escalating health crisis due to the pandemic’s second wave in the country. On Monday, Cricket Australia had enquired about the health and travel plans of the IPL players. Also Read - RR vs CSK IPL 2022 Match Prediction Video: Who Will Win Today’s IPL Match Between Rajasthan Royals And Chennai Super Kings?
“I texted back that as Cricket Australia make 10 per cent of every IPL contract was there a chance we could spend that money this year on a charter flight once the tournament is over?” Lynn told News Corp media. The league matches will end on May 23, followed by the qualifiers (May 25, 28) and eliminator (May 26) and the final (May 30) — all scheduled to be held in Ahmedabad.
“I know there are people worse off than us. But we are going from a really tight bubble and are getting vaccinated next week so hopefully the government will let us get home on a private charter. “We are not asking for shortcuts and we signed up knowing the risks. But it would be great to get home as soon as the event is over.”
As many as 14 Australian players still remain in the event, including Steve Smith (Delhi Capitals), David Warner (SunRisers Hyderabad) and Pat Cummins (Kolkata Knight Riders) as well as coach Ricky Ponting (DC) and Simon Katich (RCB).
India is witnessing an unprecedented second wave of the pandemic with more than 3 lakh daily new cases being reported in the past few days, which has crippled the country’s health care system. “Obviously India is in chaos at the moment. But we are at least giving people something to smile about by playing the tournament,” Lynn said.
Mumbai Indians will take on Rajasthan Royals on Thursday at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground here. While some Australian players have returned home, their New Zealand counterparts have no such plans. “There’s no doubt they’re certainly anxious about what’s happening in India and what they’re witnessing,” New Zealand Cricket Players Association chief executive Heath Mills said. “But they feel well looked-after by their IPL franchises and safe in their bubbles.”