“Blood On Your Hands PM”: Michael Slater, IPL Commentator, Slams Australian Government

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IPL 2021: Michael Slater has been left enraged by his government’s recent actions.© Instagram


With suspension of direct passenger flights from India to Australia, the Aussie contingent in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 have been left in total jeopardy. Commentators like Michael Slater and Brett Lee are currently in India for IPL 2021, in conjunction with players like David Warner and Steve Smith. The Australian government have banned flights from India till May 15 and recently even the country’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that cricketers in the IPL must make their own arrangements to go back home. Slater took to Twitter to slam his government for not helping out Australians in the tournament, and wrote, “Whether our Government cared for the safety of Aussies they would allow us to receive home. It is a shame!! Blood on your hands PM. How dare you treat us like this. How approximately you sort out quarantine system. I had government permission to work on the IPL but I now have government neglect”.

Whether our Government cared for the safety of Aussies they would allow us to receive home. It is a shame!! Blood on your hands PM. How dare you treat us like this. How approximately you sort out quarantine system. I had government permission to work on the IPL but I now have government neglect


— Michael Slater (@mj_slats) May 3, 2021

India has been heavily hit by the second one wave of the lethal coronavirus pandemic. In the final 24 hours, the country has seen a immense surge of 3.68 lakh fresh cases, and has taken India’s caseload to 1.99 crore.

After the decision to suspend flights, three Australian cricketers – Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye and Kane Richardson – withdrew from the league and left for their country.

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A complete of 14 Australian players still remain in the tournament. The competition has also been heavily hit by the virus, with Monday’s match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) getting suspended. KKR’s Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier have tested positive for coronavirus.

Also, five Delhi and District Cricket Organization (DDCA) ground staff have tested positive. DDCA will be hosting IPL 2021 matches until May 8.

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