Australian stars threatened with JAIL if they attempt to quit the IPL and return home under extraordinary Covid travel ban… as virus continues to ravage through India
- David Warner and Pat Cummins are among more than 30 Australians at the IPL
- They cannot return home under new legislation set by their own government
- The Australian government passed an emergency bill on Saturday
- Borders will be shut to Australians who have been in India for preceding 14 days
Australian players at the Indian Premier League face jail if they attempt to return home in the next fortnight under an extraordinary Covid travel ban set by their own government.
Stars such as David Warner, Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell — all on £1.25million-plus IPL deals — are among more than 30 Australians at the lucrative Twenty20 competition who cannot return home under new legislation.
The Australian government passed an emergency bill on Saturday that will see its borders shut to its own citizens if they have been in India in the preceding 14 days.
David Warner is among more than 30 Australians playing in this year’s lucrative IPL
Those attempting to enter Australia in such circumstances face £37,000 fines and/or a five-year prison sentence.
They must stay put until May 15 when Australia has pledged to reconsider the travel ban. The IPL final is scheduled for May 30.
Meanwhile, the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations chief executive Tom Moffat told The Mail On Sunday that IPL bosses should prioritise health and safety when considering whether the tournament continue in the grip of the pandemic.
The 11 England players in India are understood to be considering returning to the UK via 10-day stop-offs in luxury holiday spots such as the Maldives to try to avoid being quarantined in a government-approved hotel on arrival here.
India has been ravaged by Covid and the IPL’s decision to continue has come under criticism