Chris Lynn has urged Cricket Australia to arrange a flight to bring Aussie cricketers stranded in COVID-ravaged in India home.
Australian batsman Chris Lynn has urged Cricket Australia to arrange a chartered flight to bring Aussie cricketers stranded in COVID-ravaged in India home at the conclusion of the IPL.
“I texted back that as Cricket Australia make 10% 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.
The Mumbai Indians opener was speaking before the latest updated from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison who announced a ban on all direct flights from India until May 15.
When asked specifically about the situation concerning some of Australian cricket’s biggest names being stranded in the global COVID hotspot, Morrison said there would not be any preferential treatment, even when repatriation flights resume.
“They’ve travelled their privately under their own arrangements. This wasn’t part of an Australian tour,” Morrison said.
“And they’re under their own resources and they’ll be using those resources, I’m sure, to see them return to Australia in accordance with our own arrangements.”
The group stage of the IPL is due to finish on May 23 with the final on May 30.
In all, about dozen Australian cricketers are still in India playing in the IPL, including the likes of superstars Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell and Lynn – who are all on big-money contracts.
Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, and Andrew Tye had recently abandon the IPL and made the decision to return to Australia as the crisis was unfolding.
India so far confirmed more than 186,000 deaths and 16 million cases, with three million added in the last two weeks alone.
Bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile told cricket.com.au he planned to stay in Mumbai with his team.
“Everyone’s got their own opinions on it and different situations for them,” he said.
“I was surprised to see AJ go home, and then Zamps and Richo, but when you speak to them, you definitely understand where they’re coming from.
“I spoke to Zamps a little while ago and he made a very compelling argument for going home. But for me, I feel like it’s safer for me to stay in the bubble than try and get home at the moment.
Cricket Australia are believed to be monitoring the situation but ultimately have their hands tied.
Cummins – who is remaining in the country – has donated $50,000 to India’s COVID-19 relief efforts, as the country braces through a catastrophic second wave of infections.