As the IPL has been shelved amid India’s worsening COVID crisis, Aussie cricket star David Warner has shared an Instagram post with a message from his daughters and wife with a desperate plea: “please Daddy come home straight away”.
It comes after news that COVID had breached the IPL’s biosecure bubble with at least four players testing positive to the virus.
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Kolkata Knight Riders players Varun Chakaravarthy and Sandeep Warrier, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi’s Amit Mishra have all tested positive.
It culminated in the IPL pulling the plug on the season with an indefinite suspension revealed on Tuesday.
“The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL,” the statement read. “This decision was taken keeping the safety, health and wellbeing of all the stakeholders in mind.
“These are difficult times, especially in India and while we have tried to bring in some positivity and cheer, however, it is imperative that the tournament is now suspended and everyone goes back to their families and loved ones in these trying times.
“The BCCI will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021.”
However, with Australia’s restrictions on entry back into the country under threat of a five-year jail time of $66,000 fine, although Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australians were unlikely to face jail time.
It comes after Michael Slater blasting the PM for having “blood on your hands” after he was able to get to the Maldives.
But Warner, who was axed as captain of Hyderabad over the weekend before being sensationally dropped, took to Instagram with a picture his daughter Ivy drew of the Warner family with the message “Please Daddy come home straight away. We miss you a Lott and love you. Love from Ivy, Indi and Isla.”
Warner’s side is reportedly in isolation after his teammate Saha came down with the virus.
Cummins opens up on COVID suspension
Similarly, Pat Cummins is in isolation in his hotel in Ahmedabad.
He spoke with Fox Sports’ The Back Page about the shut down, admitting that players don’t know whether it will be cancelled or suspended to restart soon.
“I’m hearing postponements, cancellations, maybe moving to Mumbai,” Cummins told Fox Sports’ The Back Page. “I’ll wait for a release.
“It seems to be changing every couple of minutes. I think it’s clear there’s a couple of cases at a few different teams. I think over the next couple of hours they’ll make a call about what will happen.”
Cummins vowed to stay to play just last week, donating $50,000 to help the nation fight the outbreak.
But he said that in hindsight, the plan for the 2021 IPL to be played across five Indian cities appeared to be shortsighted.
“Last year we had the IPL held over in the UAE and that was an incredibly well-run tournament,” he said.
“This year, they tried to push it that little step further and have it over here in multiple cities in India. I’m sure looking back they might have tweaked a few things.”
Cummins said he hoped that Aussie players could get home after the border potentially reopens on May 15.
He said it had been “horrible” for some of his teammates who had friends and family member affected with some passing away.
But he said the cricketers had felt safe, despite the horrible scenes that have been beamed around the world.
“It’s two different worlds. We’re lucky, we’re safe, we’re comfortable and there’s people just trying to get basic medical treatment,” Cummins said.
“I’ve been to India for 10 years, but I still don’t know India as well of course as people that have lived here their whole lives. First thing was to find out whether us playing the IPL was the right thing and basically everyone said, we would be lost without the IPL for three or four hours every night. I’m just trying to do my bit. India’s been such a good country to me and cricketers.”
India’s COVID-19 outbreak is breaking records with more than 400,000 new cases on Sunday alone and more than 300,000 a day over the past 12 days, with the nation registering more than 3000 deaths a day over the last week.
It is believed these are being under reported as well, with the world shocked by the scenes of death coming out of the nation.
Originally published as ‘Daddy come home’: Aussies in IPL limbo