Pat Cummins admits threats of jail time and the exhausting border closure with India got here as a shock, however says Australia’s contingent enjoying within the IPL knew the dangers related to flying to the COVID-stricken nation.
Cummins is one among numerous Australian stars caught up within the devastation unfolding in India, the place there are 300,000 new coronavirus instances a day and 20 million optimistic instances.
On Tuesday evening the IPL was plunged further into chaos, with the prized match that grips a billion folks suspended after the COVID bubble was burst.
The unanimous resolution to postpone the IPL was taken after optimistic coronavirus samples have been recorded at 4 IPL franchises.
It’s not identified whether or not the IPL can be cancelled and Cummins stated the gamers had no concept what the subsequent transfer can be.
“I’m listening to postponements, cancellations, perhaps transferring to Mumbai,” Cummins instructed Fox Sports activities’ The Again Web page. “I’ll look ahead to a launch.
“It appears to be altering each couple of minutes. I believe it’s clear there’s a few instances at just a few completely different groups. I believe over the subsequent couple of hours they’ll make a name about what’s going to occur.”
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Cummins is presently in a six-day isolation interval in his lodge in Ahmedabad, however may very well be caught within the nation for weeks after Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison final week introduced a tough border closure with India till Could 15.
Morrison additionally introduced Australians trying to return house who had been in India confronted jail time.
The choice was slammed by Australian opener Michael Slater, who said Morrison had “blood on your hands” for shutting the border with India and not allowing citizens to return.
Requested whether or not the prime minister’s feedback got here as a shock, Cummins admitted they did.
“Yeah it did a bit bit,” he stated.
“As soon as we flew out of Australia we knew we have been signing up for 14 days quarantine coming house, so that you at all times really feel that little bit additional away from getting house.
“As quickly because the exhausting border shut, clearly no-one has skilled that earlier than. It added a bit of hysteria for just a few of the Aussies over right here. However we signed as much as play the match till the beginning of June. Hopefully all of it reopens on Could 15 and we’ll have the ability to get again.”
After the IPL was postponed and performed within the AUE final 12 months, the match controversially went forward in India regardless of coronavirus being prevalent within the nation.
With out saying it was a mistake for the competitors to happen, Cummins stated the choice to play throughout a number of cities was one thing in hindsight the Indian Premier League Governing Council and Board of Management for Cricket in India may need finished in a different way.
“Final 12 months we had the IPL held over within the UAE and that was an extremely well-run match,” the Australian vice-captain stated.
“This 12 months, they tried to push it that little step additional and have it over right here in a number of cities in India. I’m certain wanting again they may have tweaked just a few issues.”
With hundreds dying on the streets, Cummins stated the gamers have been largely sheltered from the truth however stated the overall consensus was the nation benefited from the aid the cricket provided.
“It’s two completely different worlds. We’re fortunate, we’re protected, we’re comfy and there’s folks simply attempting to get fundamental medical therapy,” Cummins stated.
“I’ve been to India for 10 years, however I nonetheless don’t know India as effectively after all as those that have lived right here their entire lives. Very first thing was to search out out whether or not us enjoying the IPL was the precise factor and principally everybody stated, we’d be misplaced with out the IPL for 3 or 4 hours each night time. I’m simply attempting to do my bit. India’s been such an excellent nation to me and cricketers.”