The concerned wife of Australian fast bowler Jason Behrendorff has spoken out after tackling a barrage of hatred by mean trolls online.
The fast left-arm bowler was stranded in devastated India after winning a contract to play for the Chennai Super Kings, but has now fled to the safety of the Maldives along with three dozen other Australian players, coaches, commentators and referees. .
Juvelle Behrendorff told it Western Australian that her social media posts for the past few days have been filled with vile comments saying they hope her husband Jason catches the virus.
Juvelle Behrendorff, the concerned wife of Australian fast bowler Jason (pictured together) has spoken out after a barrage of hatred from mean online trolls
At the moment, there is a travel ban on anyone traveling from India, meaning 9,000 Australian citizens and permanent residents remain trapped in Covid hell, while the total number of cases exceeds 25 million.
Many have accused the high-paying Australian cricketers of jumping in line from a country they knew would be dangerous.
But Ms Behrendorff said the players were told by Cricket Australia it would be safe in the IPL’s player bubble.
However, those assurances crumbled after multiple cricketers tested positive within opening weeks, abandoning the lucrative league.
“They have to leave India because the biosecurity bubble is gone and they are left to their own devices,” she said.
“They don’t jump in line or ask the Australian government to pay for special flights or anything. The players are willing to do whatever the government wants them to do and just sit in a line and wait.
“Once they have completed two weeks of quarantine in the Maldives, they will follow the same application process as all Australians have to go home.”
Jason Behrendorff is pictured at New Deli Airport in full hazmat gear before heading to the Maldives
Workers in India carry the body of a person who died of coronavirus disease Covid-19, while other funeral pyres are seen in a crematorium mass cremation
Ms. Behrendorff had a thriving styling business before it was decimated by the pandemic, and the couple have two young children to support.
She said her husband is a full-time cricket player who plays the game of keeping a ‘roof over our heads’ so the decision was made after they were told it was safe.
While Behrendorff is a Twenty20 star representing Australia, among the world’s biggest names in the IPL he is not a ‘big paid player’ getting the multi-million dollar contracts that some others are.
Cricket Australia announced on Thursday that a 38-member cohort of Aussie players, coaches, commentators, umpires and support staff has left India and will now remain in the Maldives until the travel ban from India is lifted after May 15.
The organization also said some of the sport’s biggest names, including David Warner, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis and Ricky Ponting, are not seeking exemptions to bypass Australian government travel bans.
They will spend at least 10 days in the Maldives before going into quarantine for another 14 days when returning to Australia on a charter flight organized by the governing body of Indian cricket.
Australian cricket stars have left India for the luxurious safety of the Maldives (photo, Steve Smith at the airport)
Upon arrival in the Maldives (stock image), travelers only need to show a negative Covid-19 test from the last 96 hours
Ordinary Australians detained in India since the travel ban will be repatriated from May 15 on government special flights, using the Howard Springs facility in the Northern Territory to quarantine them.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to reveal details of the plan Friday, following intense pressure from Australians trapped in the coronavirus-riddled country.
The 900 Australians deemed ‘vulnerable’ will be allowed to fly back first, with all passengers required to submit two negative Covid-19 tests before boarding.
For the cricket players who go to the Maldives. they only need to present a negative Covid-19 test from the past 96 hours.
Then they have to wait until May 15, when the border with Australia opens, and fly straight home for 14 days, into the hotel quarantine.
Nick Hockley, interim director of Cricket Australia, said on Wednesday, “The absolute priority is to get them home safe and sound.”
“We’re not looking for any special exemptions at all.”
Pictured: Pat Cummins and Becky Bosto. Cummins is one of the players who was trapped in India during the travel ban
Pictured: David and Candice Warner. David Warner will fly to the Maldives with his Australian colleagues and then return to Australia when the ban is lifted – where they will all be quarantined.
HOW THE MALDIVES LOOPHOLE WORKS
Any visitor can travel to the Maldives, provided they have a negative Covid test in the 96 hours before.
From April 27, those coming from India will not be able to stay in tourist facilities in densely populated areas, but will be able to stay in private homes.
They are also allowed to stay in resorts and hotels in remote parts of the islands.
On arrival in Australia after the ban is lifted on May 15, they will have to go into hotel quarantine in Australia for another 14 days, as with all foreign arrivals.
Source: Visit the Maldives
Former Australian batsman Michael Hussey has to remain in isolation in his hotel room in India for another 10 days after testing positive on Tuesday.
“He’s cheerful … his symptoms are quite mild,” said Todd Greenberg, the top executive of the Australian Cricketers’ Association.
“He has relatively intermediate symptoms.”
Those heading to the Maldives join former Australian opener Michael Slater, who worked as a commentator in India but managed to escape to tropical island paradise earlier this week as India’s coronavirus crisis worsens.
In a three and a half hour flight, there were about 450 new cases in the Maldives every day this week, which is nothing compared to the 400,000 infections observed in India every day.
Since the pandemic began, cases in India have increased by more than 20 million and more than 220,000 deaths, with the national health system on the verge of collapse.
Australian bowlers Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye and Kane Richardson fled the IPL last week and returned home via Qatar.
But any Australian attempting that trip now faces jail time and fines amid the travel ban, although the prime minister said the possibility of such sanctions was slim.
A medical officer in PPE observes patients infected with Covid-19 at an improvised care facility at a sports stadium in New Delhi’s Commonwealth Games Village
About 9,000 Australians remain stranded in India, where coronavirus crisis worsens with about 400,000 new cases per day and hospitals at breaking point
Australians are stranded in India
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** Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson (Royal Challengers Bangalore) and Andrew Tye (Rajasthan Royals) left the IPL early and slammed the Morrison government’s travel ban.