Australian stars face PRISON for attempting to leave IPL and return home under extraordinary Covid travel ban … as virus continues to plague India
- David Warner and Pat Cummins are among the more than 30 Australians at the IPL
- They cannot return home under new legislation from their own government
- The Australian government passed an emergency law on Saturday
- The borders are being closed to Australians who have been in India for the past 14 days
Australian players of the Indian Premier League are sentenced to jail if they attempt to return home within two weeks under an extraordinary travel ban imposed by Covid by their own government.
Stars like David Warner, Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell – all on £ 1.25 million plus IPL deals – are among the more than 30 Australians in the lucrative Twenty20 competition unable to return home under the new legislation.
The Australian government passed an emergency law on Saturday that will close its borders to its own citizens if they have been in India in the previous 14 days.
David Warner is one of over 30 Australians participating in this year’s lucrative IPL
Those attempting to enter Australia in such circumstances will face a fine of £ 37,000 and / or a five-year jail term.
They must remain in place until May 15, when Australia has pledged to reconsider the travel ban. The IPL final is scheduled for May 30th.
Meanwhile, Tom Moffat, CEO of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations, told me The Mail on Sundays that IPL bosses should prioritize health and safety when considering whether the tournament continues in the throes of the pandemic.
The eleven English players in India are believed to be considering returning to the UK via 10-day stop-offs at luxury holiday destinations such as the Maldives to try to avoid being quarantined on arrival here in one of the government approved hotel.
India has been plagued by Covid and the IPL’s decision to proceed has been criticized