India flight ban: Scott Morrison says Australian cricketers playing in IPL won’t be prioritised

India flight ban: Scott Morrison says Australian cricketers playing in IPL won’t be prioritised

The Guardian

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Key players have chosen to stay for the Twenty20 tournament as India records 2.2 million new coronavirus cases in one week

Scott Morrison has told Australian cricketers playing in the Indian Premier League they will not be able to return home ahead of other Australians currently stranded in the country, after Western Australia’s premier, Mark McGowan, suggested it was “galling” the cricketers were even allowed to fly to the subcontinent during the pandemic.

The prime minister said on Tuesday the Australian cricketers would have to use their own resources to return to Australia as he announced a temporary ban on all direct flights from India until 15 May. There had been speculation Cricket Australia might have to charter a flight if travel restrictions extended beyond the end of the IPL season.

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