Australian cricket’s players union says stars participating in the Indian Premier League will not ask for preferential treatment from the federal government as they seek a return from India.
The Australian Cricketers Association was on Wednesday morning still unsure if spinner Adam Zampa and seamer Kane Richardson would be able to fly back from the coronavirus-ravaged nation after the Morrison government announced a pause on direct flights to Australia from India until May 15.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said there would be no special consideration given to cricketers, who have been contracted by the IPL franchises to play in the event and are not on national duty.
There are about 40 Australian players, coaches and commentators involved in the event, including superstars Pat Cummins, Steve Smith and David Warner. Former players Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey and Matthew Hayden are among those with coaching or media commitments in India.
The ACA and CA are in talks about organising a chartered flight home after the event, due to finish on May 30, with one source familiar with the issue saying players would be prepared to dip into their pockets to pay for some of the costs.
ACA chief Todd Greenberg hit the airwaves to dispel the notion players, some of whom are on multimillion-dollar deals, may be jumping the queue. About 9000 Australians are in India trying to return home.
“One thing I can tell you is our players are under no expectations to look for specific favours,” Greenberg said on 2GB.
“There’s no free rides or any expectations from our players. What they are looking for is the right information so they can plan accordingly.”