Australian IPL Commentator lashes out at his Government, says Blood on PM’s hands
Australian cricket great Michael Slater slammed Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison by saying that he has blood on his hands. The scathing attack came after Australian government blocked Australian citizens from returning home from COVID-ravaged India.
The Australian government had banned all repatriation flights from India until May 15, due to which the Aussie contingent in the ongoing Indian Premier League 2021 was left stranded in the global COVID hotspot. Aussie players like David Warner and Steve Smith along with commentators like Michael Slater and Brett Lee are currently in India for IPL 2021.
Recently, the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison made it very clear that there would not be any preferential treatment, even when repatriation flights resume on May 15.
On Monday, Australian television presenter and former cricketer Michael Slater took to twitter and lashed out at his government for not helping out Australians in the tournament.
He wrote on the microblogging site, “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.”
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
Michael was in India for commentary duties for the IPL. The Australian revealed that Michael tried to escape home for a week before eventually jetting to the Maldives where he will wait before he is legally allowed to depart.
Australia’s decision to suspend the flights came as India is reeling under the devastating second wave of the virus. The country recorded a surge of 3.68 lakh fresh cases in the last 24 hours. India’s total caseload currently stands at 1.99 crore.
After the suspension was announced, Australian cricketer Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye and Kane Richardson withdrew from the league and left for their country.