Threatening a five-year jail term or hefty fine, the Australian government temporarily barred its citizens from entering the country if they happened to be in India within 14 days of their intended arrival.
The verdict also means that Steve Smith, David Warner, Glen Maxwell, Pat Cummins and other Australians who are part of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) might be jailed for five years or will have to pay a hefty fine if they return home in the current scenario.
Notably, 14 Australian cricketers are currently playing in IPL 2021 and many Australians like Ricky Ponting, David Hussey, Brett Lee, and Matthew Hayden among others are also part of various IPL franchises’ coaching/support staff and TV commentary team.
Meanwhile, the emergency determination, made late on Friday, is part of strict measures to stop travellers to Australia from the world’s second most populous nation as it contends with a surge in Covid-19 cases and deaths. The decision was based on the proportion of overseas travellers in quarantine in Australia, who have contracted the infection in India, according to Health Minister Greg Hunt.
The restrictions come into effect from May 3 and breaching the ban risks civil penalties and up to five years imprisonment, Health Minister Greg Hunt said in a statement.
“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,” an official statement from the ministry said. “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,” it further read.
The Australian government will reconsider the restrictions on May 15, Hunt said.
Earlier, Australia, which has no community transmissions, introduced a temporary suspension of direct flights from India to prevent more virulent COVID-19 variants from entering the country.
However, Australian cricketers Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson returned to Australia via Doha.
The ABC reported that the cricketers landed in Australia from Doha on Thursday, despite Prime Minister Scott Morrison stating on Tuesday that indirect flights from India through Doha, Dubai, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur had already “been paused by the respective governments”.
The Prime Minister said the loophole have been closed and foreshadowed more extreme measures earlier on Friday morning in an interview on 2GB radio.
“It was [a loophole] that became apparent to us on Wednesday and it was closed off at about seven-o’clock Wednesday evening,” he said.
“That flight that those cricketers were on managed to get away just before that. We had information on Monday that that wasn’t possible.”
Also, Australian Prime Minister Morrison has previously said that since the players have gone to India privately for the IPL, they will have to ensure their return on their own.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni shows he is a captain off the field as well.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, former captain of the Indian Cricket team and currently captaining the IPL team Chennai Super Kings once again proved why he’s the kindest of all.
As the Indian Premiere League 2021 got postponed due to some players testing positive, all the players of the League are currently being sent to their respective homes. The International players of all teams are travelling through Chartered flights for safe travel.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni proves why he’s the greatest.
According to sources, MS Dhoni told the management that the foreign players and support staff should be given the first preference to leave for their houses.
Dhoni in fact told that he would be last person to leave the Hotel in Delhi (where the team was staying) to ensure everyone leaves safely.
“Mahi bhai said that he will be the last person to leave the hotel. He wanted foreigners to leave first, then the Indian players. He will be taking the last flight tomorrow when everyone reaches their home safe and secure,” a member of CSK was quoted
Mahendra Singh Dhoni once again proved why he deserves to be the Captain of his team – because he leads the team like a CAPTAIN.
Meanwhile, Indian Captain Virat Kohli travelled to Mumbai today. The english men including Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, and Jason Roy landed in London to begin a 10-day quarantine before heading to their respective homes while Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan are expected to board flights in the next 24 hours.
Muskan Langoo, Content Writer , JK Media
IPL 2021 suspended due to rising COVID-19 cases
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday suspended the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, a decision taken after a number of COVID-19 cases emerged in the bio-bubble.
BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla confirmed the same to news agency ANI. “IPL has been suspended, we will see whether we can reschedule it. It is not cancelled. It is just suspended for now,” the official said.
The decision was taken after Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra and Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha on Tuesday tested positive for the virus.
Both the members were part of the ongoing IPL and SRH were scheduled to take on defending champions Mumbai Indians on Tuesday evening.
Meanwhile, three members of the Chennai Super Kings contingent tested positive for the virus on Monday, which included CSK bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji.
Two Kolkata Knight Riders players – Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier – also tested positive for the novel coronavirus despite the event taking place inside a robust bio-bubble.
As per reports, it is believed that Chakravarthy, who recently had exited the bio-bubble for shoulder scans via a green channel, may have contracted the virus first.
IPL 2021: RCB Vs KKR match rescheduled
The match between the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) on Monday (May 3, 2021) has been rescheduled. The IPL match was scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM on Monday (May 3, 2021).
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As per a report in ESPNcricinfo, the step was taken after two players of KKR tested positive former Covid-19.
The report confirmed that spinner Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier have contracted the virus. The report mentioned that the spinner had left the bio-bubble recently via an official green channel for scans on his shoulders.
Apart from the duo other KKR members have returned negative for the test. However, the KKR members are currently under self isolation, putting their contest against Virat Kohli’s RCB in doubt.
No official confirmation has been released by the BCCI or either of the franchise in this regard.
Meanwhile, this is the first time in the season when a member has tested positive despite being in the IPL bio-bubble.
Ahead of IPL 2021, Delhi Capitals’ Axar Patel and KKR’s Nitish Rana had tested positive for the virus. However, the duo have recovered well and are currently fulfiling their duties for their respective franchises.
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