May 5,2021: According to BaaghiTV, former Test cricketer commentator Michael Slater has accused Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison of having “blood on your hands” because of the growing crisis in India.
Slater, who is in India to comment on the IPL, said in a Twitter post on Monday night that the government’s policy of temporarily barring Australia from returning home was a “disgrace”. At the same time, the Morrison government has banned flights from India until May 15. Citizens seeking repatriation have been fined heavily or even jailed. Slater said that fellow citizens stranded in India were being ignored by his government.
If our Government cared for the safety of Aussies they would allow us to get home. It's a disgrace!! Blood on your hands PM. How dare you treat us like this. How about 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
The social networking site Twitter wrote, “If our government cares about safety, let us go home. How dare you treat us like this. I had official permission to work in the IPL.” But now the government is ignoring it.
The IPL has been postponed due to the positive test of the players in India. The Australian contingent remaining in India cannot go home till at least May 15. Renting a plane can pave the way but still It will need federal government approval. However, Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hawkley said: “There is no proposal for any charter flight.”
It should be noted that the Australian government had said that Australian citizens in India could face up to five years in prison and heavy fines if they return home, while the Australian government had earlier imposed a temporary travel ban between India and Australia.
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