Cricket Discussion - Part 2

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Oh dear - the IPL has been rocked by the news that 2 players from the same team have tested positive to COVID-19. It's the same team as Pat Cummins and Ben Cutting: surely the tournament has to be knocked on the head, to hopefully prevent further outbreaks!!!
 

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The IPL has been postponed. The BBC are reporting that the IPL Board voted to play the tournament in the UAE but the decision was vetoed by the Chairman of the Indian Cricket Board who just happens to be the son of the Indian Home affairs Minister. Ahh, the intrigue that is Indian cricket where Cricket and politics live in same stable.

Thus far this story has not been carried by the Indian press.


Michael "Blood on their Hands' Slater is now in the Maldives. All Michael Slater has to do is stop whinging, sit tight for 15 days and he can return to Australia without fear of a fine or imprisonment. By that time the May 15th deadline will also have passed and unless it is extended he will be able to return to Australia anyway. There are 39 IPL cricketers and cricket officials stranded in India and the solution to their dilemma is to fly to an intermediate destination spend 14 days in that destination then attempt fly home. Of course once in Australia they will have to quarantine so the chances of Smith, Warner, Cummins, Stoinis being available for the ODI/ T20 tour of the West Indies seem pretty low.
 
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The IPL has been postponed. The BBC are reporting that the IPL Board voted to play the tournament in the UAE but the decision was vetoed by the Chairman of the Indian Cricket Board who just happens to be the son of the Indian Home affairs Minister. Ahh, the intrigue that is Indian cricket where Cricket and politics live in same stable.

Thus far this story has not been carried by the Indian press.


Michael "Blood on their Hands' Slater is now in the Maldives. All Michael Slater has to do is stop whinging, sit tight for 15 days and he can return to Australia without fear of a fine or imprisonment. By that time the May 15th deadline will also have passed and unless it is extended he will be able to return to Australia anyway. There are 39 IPL cricketers and cricket officials stranded in India and the solution to their dilemma is to fly to an intermediate destination spend 14 days in that destination then attempt fly home. Of course once in Australia they will have to quarantine so the chances of Smith, Warner, Cummins, Stoinis being available for the ODI/ T20 tour of the West Indies seem pretty low.
Agreed Pieman, Slater's reaction was way over the top.
 

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The ABC are reporting that Mike Hussey has tested positive for COVID-19.

The ABC are also championing the cause of the 9,000 people in India who want to come back to Australia. This morning I heard and ABC reporter ask a Government Minister, 'who's hands will the blood be on if an Australian dies of COVID in India?'. How about the blood being on the hands of the person who made the decision to fly to India in the first place and the Indian Government who failed to learn the lessons from the first wave?

The Australian Government has taken action for a reason, namely that our quarantine capacity was being tested. Last week I heard Nicola Spurrier say that in Adelaide the Tom's Court COVID facility was 75% full with more flights from India expected later in the week. She had recommended that flights from India be scaled back. The Federal Government subsequently intervened and cancelled all flights from India. The Government shut the front door and had to do something about the back door which they did by imposing a punitive deterrent.

The bleeding hearts such a Michael Slater, and that champion of the lost cause Geoffrey Robertson need to appreciate that it is still possible to return to Australia from India but the traveler must travel to a stop over destination first, stay in that destination for 14 days, return a negative a PCR test within 72 hours of departure then fly. That is exactly what Michael Slater has decided to do.

For once I am on Morrison's side as people who make the decision to fly to a pox ridden country need to take some responsibility. It would be interesting to know how many of the 9,000 Australians decided to fly to India after the situation began to deteriorate . From a cricketing perspective the Australian players left Australia for the IPL on or about April 1st when India recorded 81,441 cases up from 15,704 just four weeks earlier. It was clearly evident in early April that the infection rate in India was rapidly escalating yet some Australians, Michael Slater included, still decided to leave.
 

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lol - our own state borders get slammed shut the minute there's one or two cases in another state. People have gone to jail for breaking the rules. This hoo-hah with India might be less controversial if the same measures were applied to people returning from any country where Covid-19 is hopelessly out of control, eg USA, Mexico, Brazil, etc, instead of making it look like it only applies to India.
 

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Mike Hussey has tested positive for COVID and will isolate for 10 days in India prior to flying to the Maldives.

The rest is no surprise. The players in India are flying to the Maldives waiting 14 days then flying to Australia. All organised by Cricket Australia. Not sure if they will be getting paid by their IPL teams.

 

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