Australian cricketers Steve Smith and David Warner could return back to Australia due to increasing COVID-19 cases. In recent weeks, India has been struggling with increasing number of coronavirus cases across the country.
Amidst this situation, Indian Premier League is ongoing in the country with foreign players in bio-bubble environment. The country is producing around three lakh cases every day with increased death counts as well. In this tough times, fellow countries are lending their support for India as well.
Lack of oxygen cylinders is also pushing India to an dire situation. Due to this situation, several foreign players are in panic and in plans to fly back to their respective countries. Delhi Capitals player Steve Smith and Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner might fly back soon to Australia.
However, fellow Australian stars Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, and Andrew Tye have already left the country in fear of the pandemic. While, Warner and Smith could soon follow their footsteps to fly back to their country.
According to 9News, Smith and Warner could be the next set of Australian players to leave IPL and return back to their country. Andrew Tye of Rajasthan Royals was the first Australian player to leave the country in this tough situation on Sunday. Soon, RCB’s Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson took the same decision and flew back.
“Australian cricketers including David Warner and Steve Smith are now hoping to be flown home to India before borders shut. We have got 30 players, coaches and commentators that are very keen to get out of India naturally given the deteriorating situation that they are facing health-wise right across the country,” the report said.
IPL without Australian stars?
IPL 2021 might be played without some key foreign stars, who have been consistent performers over the years. Despite, players leaving and doesn’t want to get stranded in India, BCCI might cancel or postpone the tourney.
Pakistan Super League (PSL) had the similar situation and the board decided to postpone the games to June mid-way. Similar situation might happen for a world-wide sporting event like IPL due to this coronavirus situation.
Inspite of players leaving, Australian quick Pat Cummins have made a brilliant gesture, that has taken everyone by surprise. The pacer donated 37 lakh INR ($50,000) to Indian government to help the affected people in the country.
Pat Cummins also urged fellow players to step up and do the same in this tough times. There are several coaches in the country wanting to fly back as well likes of Ricky Ponting, James Hopes, Simon Katich. The players will not be able to fly back if the flights are cut-off to Australia.