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IPL 2021: Smith, Warner, Maxwell and other Australians can face 5 yr jail, here’s why

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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.

 

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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.

 

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THIS young batsman can replace Virat Kohli as captain

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THIS young batsman can replace Virat Kohli as captain, feels former India selector Kiran More

Former India chief selector Kiran More believes Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant can lead the Team India in the future. More feels Pant has the skills to take Indian cricket forward as he has the right mindset. Pant has the experience of leading Delhi in the domestic circuit and he was also given the captaincy mantle by Delhi Capitals for IPL 2021 as Shreyas Iyer was ruled out with a shoulder injury.

Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant has taken giant strides in the last six months. The left-hander scored 274 runs in the three-Test matches against Australia, including a match-winning knock of 89 runs in the historic Gabba Test match. Subsequently, the southpaw scored a total of 270 runs in the four-Test matches against England in the home conditions.

“Rishabh Pant has the potential to take the Indian team forward. He can lead the side in future. The kind of mindset he has, he can definitely become the captain of India,” former India wicketkeeper told India TV. “Rishabh Pant has a sharp mind, he can achieve a lot of things. But it is also up to the individual, how disciplined you are, how do you see the future,” More added.

Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant has had a roller coaster journey so far in his young international career. More believes the bad phase which Pant faced early in his career has made him mentally stronger for the challenges.

“If you see Rishabh Pant’s graph it has been full of ups and downs. The bad phase has made him mentally strong. He was not picked for the World Cup at first, was dropped from T20Is and ODIs as well. But the way he made a comeback through Test cricket is what makes you a real cricketer. Making a comeback after you get dropped is always the hardest but Pant has shown that he belongs at that level. He will take Indian cricket forward,” More added.

More also shed light on Pant’s comparison with former skipper MS Dhoni. The former Indian wicketkeeper feels Pant is still young in his International career and needs to be given time.

“Rishabh has come into the Indian team at a very young age. He is still very young. So you have to give time to a player (to mature). Yes, he will make mistakes here and there, that is natural. When Mahi came, he was a lot matured. He was not as young as Pant when he came into the Indian team. Pant, on the other hand, has come up through the U19 ranks and is a rare talent. He needs to be nurtured well,” he said.

 

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Delhi court issues non-bailable warrant against two-time Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar

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Non-bailable warrant have been issued against two-time Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar in a young wrestler’s murder case by Delhi’s Rohini Court on Saturday.

Wrestler Sagar Rana died on May 5 after sustaining serious injuries in an alleged assault by Sushil Kumar and some other wrestlers at the Chhatrasal stadium on May 4.

Sushil has been on the loose ever since the incident and an FIR was filed by Delhi Police on charges of murder, abduction and criminal conspiracy.

Earlier on Monday, police also issued a  ‘Look-out Circular’ against the 37-year-old wrestler but couldn’t trace Sushil despite raiding his house.

It was later reported that Sushil has been spotted in Haridwar and Rishikesh in his attempt to escape an arrest while the efforts are on to nab him in the  Delhi-NCR region and neighbouring states.

As per police, victims in the case has accused that Sushil and his accomplishes abducted Sagar from his house in Model Town to settle a score with him after the 23-year-old wrestler bad-mouthed the Olympic gold medallist in front of other wrestlers at the stadium.

 

 

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni shows he is a captain off the field as well.

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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.

 

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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

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