The Australian authorities has barred its personal residents from returning house inside 14 days of being in India on ache of fines and jail, leaving dozens of its IPL gamers, coaches and officers stranded.
Australia quick bowler Cummins is isolating in an Ahmedabad lodge after two of his Kolkata Knight Riders workforce-mates contracted Covid-19 earlier than organisers pulled the plug on the event on Tuesday.
Cummins stated Australia’s travel ban, which will be reviewed on May 15, had come as a “little bit” of a shock.
“Obviously no-one has experienced that before,” he informed Australian broadcaster Fox Sports. “It added a bit of anxiety for a few of the Aussies over here. But we signed up to play the tournament until the start of June.
“Hopefully all of it re-opens on May 15 and we’ll be capable of get again.”
With 3.45 million active cases, India recorded 357,229 new infections on Tuesday, while deaths rose by 3,449 to 222,408.
Cummins’ comments came as the Delhi Capitals said their legspinner Amit Mishra had tested positive for COVID-19 and been moved to a designated medical facility.
Three IPL teams have now confirmed COVID-19 cases, with a fourth team, Sunrisers Hyderabad, reported to have a positive test returned by wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha.
Indian media reported that the Chennai Super Kings’ Australian batting coach Mike Hussey had contracted COVID-19.
Hussey would be the third case on the team, which has gone into isolation after announcing on Tuesday that their bowling coach and a “member of the travel help” had tested positive.
Australia is currently allowing only limited flights and arrivals into the country, and roughly a quarter of the 35,000 Australians stranded overseas are in India.
Australia’s decision to penalise its own citizens for seeking to return home from India has triggered a backlash from lawmakers, legal experts and human rights advocates.
Australian deputy prime minister Michael McCormack said the government would “probably” lift the travel ban on May 15.
“We stated all alongside we will evaluate the pause in travel preparations and that is what we’re doing, so be affected person,” McCormack told a morning TV chatshow on the Nine Network.
English and Bangladeshi cricketers in the IPL also face challenges exiting India due to travel restrictions imposed by home authorities.
IPL organisers and the Indian cricket board (BCCI) have said they will help players, staff and officials get home safely.
Former Australia wicketkeeper and cricket pundit Adam Gilchrist queried whether the tournament should have gone ahead in India.
“Interesting remark concerning the BCCI saying …. they’re considering of the security of all of the gamers,” he said in a video on Sky News.
“I in all probability really feel that they are somewhat bit late in contemplating that. I’m undecided that the event ought to have began in India.”
New Zealand, which has 10 players in the IPL, said their cricketers were “in a comparatively secure atmosphere” and people inside affected groups had been in isolation.
The nation’s cricket board stated it was liaising with authorities to work out an exit plan.