Aussie cricketers Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson are reportedly stuck in India after exiting the IPL bubble.

Aussie cricketers Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson are reportedly stuck in India after exiting the Indian Premier League bubble but failing to beat the Australian government’s travel ban.

Zampa and Richardson were hoping to join fellow Aussie Andrew Tye by returning home from the Indian T20 tournament, yet left their run too late, according to Cricbuzz.

While Tye successfully returned home, Zampa and Richardson were unable to secure flights before the federal government suspended travel from India to Australia until at least May 15, due to an explosion of COVID-19 cases.

The pair are in a hotel near Mumbai’s international airport, having parted way with their IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore. They had hoped to travel back to Australia via Doha, as Tye did, but it is unclear if that will be possible and they may be left stranded until the travel ban ends.

A Cricket Australia spokesperson told Cricbuzz that CA had enquired about the possibility of a travel exemption for Zampa and Richardson. Failing that, CA will aim to ensure that the players are in a secure environment in India.

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Cricket Australia released a statement on Tuesday night, saying that it was keeping in touch with Australian IPL participants.

“Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association are in regular dialogue with players, coaches, match officials and commentators on the ground in India regarding the current situation and we will assist where possible,” the statement said.

“We will continue to liaise closely with the Australian Government following today’s announcement that direct flights from India to Australia will be paused until May 15, and monitor the situation between now and the tournament’s scheduled conclusion on May 30.

“We thank the BCCI and IPL for their efforts to keep everyone safe in the tournament’s bio-secure bubble. Once again, our thoughts are with the people of India during this challenging time.”

There have been calls from players for Cricket Australia to arrange a charter flight home when possible. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the federal government would not assist with travel as it was not an Australian team tour.

Other players still in India include David Warner, Steve Smith, Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell. Coaches such as Ricky Ponting and Simon Katich are also on the ground, inside the IPL bubble.

The tournament has continued despite an unfolding coronavirus tragedy in India, with the intention of providing levity amongst widespread heartbreak.

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