‘No free rides’: IPL players don’t want special treatment for return from India

Australian cricket’s players union says the 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.

Adam Zampa is hoping to get home and (inset) Kane Williamson and David Warner, IPL teammates, suit up for an internal flight in India.Credit:

“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.”

Though many of the Australian contingent are comfortable within the biosecure bubble in place for the IPL, some are “very anxious” about being able to return home, Greenberg said.

Zampa is due to marry his fiancee Hattie on June 18, the couple having already postponed their wedding twice, while one coach has a son’s wedding in June.

Players were given clearances by CA to take part in the IPL but travel arrangements are usually organised by their franchises.

A non-taxpayer funded chartered flight paid for by the players and cricket would ease angst stemming from the perception of special treatment.

“That’s one of the conversations we’re having with Cricket Australia at the moment about whether or not that’s something that’s available to us,” Greenberg said.

“We can also work with all the owners of the Premier League franchises who are effectively contracting the players.

“There’s certainly a conversation to be had about that. They’re not simple things to organise, as you’d imagine. If we can try to find a seamless approach to get them home safely that’s something between us and CA and our players that we’ll work on.”

Cummins, Smith and Warner could face multiple stints in quarantine if selected for the limited-overs tour against the West Indies slated for June and July.

It is considered highly unlikely CA would send any IPL players picked for that tour straight to the Caribbean to reduce a quarantine stint.

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