Michael Slater has unloaded on Scott Morrison for blocking Australian citizens from returning home from COVID-ravaged India.
Aussie cricket great Michael Slater has unloaded on Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who he says has “blood on his hands”, for blocking Australian citizens from returning home from COVID-ravaged India.
Taking to Twitter in a sensational post, Slater launched a scathing attack on the government and their decision to ban all repatriation flights from India until May 15.
“If our Government cared for the safety of Aussies they would allow us to get home. It’s a disgrace!!,” Slater wrote.
“Blood on your hands PM. How dare you treat us like this. How about you sort out quarantine system.
“I had government permission to work on the IPL but I now have government neglect”.
Slater was in India for commentary duties for the Indian Premier League before he was prevented from returning home to Australia when the country was struck by a devastating wave of the virus.
According to The Australian, Slater tried to escape home for a week before eventually jetting to the Maldives where he will wait before he is legally allowed to depart.
When asked specifically about the situation concerning Aussie cricketers stranded in the global COVID hotspot, Morrison said there would not be any preferential treatment, even when repatriation flights resume on May 15.
“They’ve travelled there 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.”
Slater’s broadside comes as Aussie superstar Pat Cummins was reportedly forced into isolation after members form his Kolkata Knight Riders IPL team became ill.
In all, about a dozen Australian cricketers are still in India playing in the IPL, including the likes of superstars Cummins, Steve Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell and Lynn – who are all on big-money contracts.
India recorded 368,147 new coronavirus cases today, including 3417 deaths, as a catastrophic surge ripples through the country.
India has confirmed 19.9 million cases of infection since the start of the pandemic, behind only the US, which counts more than 32.4 million.
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