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Stranded cricket star slams Australia over India journey ban

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NEW DELHI: Former Australian cricketer Michael Slater slammed his authorities on Monday for threatening to jail anybody who breaks its India journey ban, telling the prime minister he had “blood in your arms”.

Australia on Saturday warned that folks getting into from India – the place a raging Covid-19 pandemic has pushed the healthcare system to breaking level – may face 5 years behind bars.

The menace got here after travellers uncovered a loophole by taking oblique flights dwelling from India. They included cricketers Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson, who left their Indian Premier League golf equipment forward of the ban.

Slater, now a widely known tv pundit, had been commentating on the IPL for broadcaster Star Sports activities in India earlier than leaving the match as case numbers soared.

He travelled to the Maldives, the place he’s ready to search out out when he can return dwelling, The Australian newspaper reported Monday.

“If our Authorities cared for the security of Aussies they’d permit us to get dwelling. It is a shame!! Blood in your arms PM. How dare you deal with us like this,” the 51-year-old tweeted.

Critics have accused Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s authorities of abandoning the nation’s residents throughout a time of disaster.

Morrison has additionally rejected requires constitution flights to return 1000’s of residents, together with cricketers in India for the IPL.

The journey restrictions, launched to try to cease India’s outbreak from spreading to Australia, will stay in place till Might 15 on the earliest.

On Monday, the IPL for the primary time postponed a match due to the virus disaster, after two gamers examined optimistic.

Regardless of the spike in infections, Indian cricket authorities haven’t cancelled the IPL, insisting that the profitable competitors helps to boost spirits.

Australia closed its worldwide borders to most non-citizens in March 2020.

Those that journey to the nation are required to spend 14 days in a quarantine lodge.

Slater occupied a place on the high of the Australian Check batting order for near a decade, hitting 5,312 runs earlier than his 2004 retirement.

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