IPL 2021 suspended: Australian cricketers anxious, hope travel ban will be lifted, says Pat Cummins

Australia and Kolkata Knight Riders pacer Pat Cummins has reacted to his country's Prime Minister Scott Morrison's comments over banning all travelers from India till May 15, calling it shocking.

UPDATED: May 5, 2021 13:04 IST

Australia Test vice-captain Pat Cummins on Wednesday said that the ban on travellers from India by the Australian government was shocking, and it has added to the anxiety of its cricketers after the suspension of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

Cummins is one of the Australian cricketers who participated in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 which was postponed indefinitely on Tuesday, in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases in the tournament’s bio bubbles.

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Australia fast bowler Cummins is isolating in an Ahmedabad hotel after two of his Kolkata Knight Riders teammates contracted COVID-19 before organizers pulled the plug on the tournament on Tuesday.

Cummins said Australia’s travel ban, which will be reviewed on May 15, had come as a “little” of a shock.

“Obviously no one has experienced that before,” Cummins told Australian broadcaster Fox Sports.

“It added a bit of anxiety for a few of the Aussies over here. But we signed up to play the tournament until the start of June.

“Hopefully it all re-opens on May 15 and we’ll be able to get back.”

Australia has banned travellers from India, including its own citizens, from entering the country until May 15. Cricket Australia could not bring good news for the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner in a statement with the Australian Cricketers’ Association.

“CA and the ACA respect the decision of the Australian Government to pause travel from India until at least May 15 and will not seek exemptions,” it said.

With 3.45 million active cases, India recorded 357,229 new infections on Tuesday, while deaths rose by 3,449 to 222,408.

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