Pat Cummins speaks out over controversial Scott Morrison ban

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Pat Cummins (pictured right) outside the NSW Blues headquarters and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured left) during a media conference.
Pat Cummins (pictured right) admitted he was shocked at first when Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured left) announced the borders would be closed to India. (Getty Images)

Aussie cricketer Pat Cummins has revealed his shock at Australia's hard border close during his stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The IPL was rocked overnight when chiefs made a stunning decision to suspend the competition indefinitely as a fresh Covid-19 bombshell rocks the Twenty20 competition.

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That forced the postponement of the first match in the IPL, before officials then agreed on Tuesday to reschedule the Super Kings' match against the Rajasthan Royals, with two members of the Chennai team also testing positive.

According to media reports in India, Aussie cricket legend Mike Hussey tested positive over night.

The move comes as up to 20 Australian cricketers and officials are stranded in the country, which has been ravaged with more than 20 million Covid-19 cases and more than 220,000 deaths from the virus.

Aussie cricketer Adam Zampa shed light on exactly how he and compatriot Kane Richardson managed to beat Scott Morrison's travel ban by flying home from India last week.

But one player that remained in India, Cummins, has now expressed his initial shock at Morrison's announcement for the sudden border closures.

"Yeah it did a little bit,” he told Fox Sports' The Back Page.

“Once we flew out of Australia we knew we were signing up for 14 days quarantine coming home, so you always feel that little bit further away from getting home.

“As soon as the hard border shut, obviously no-one has experienced that before. 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 reopens on May 15 and we’ll be able to get back.”

People await the Covid-19 swab test in Bhubaneswar, India, on May 4, 2021.
People await the Covid-19 swab test in Bhubaneswar, India, on May 4, 2021. (Photo by STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Cummins initially advocated for the IPL to continue for as long as possible due to feedback that the cricket-mad nation were using the game as an escape from the chaos outside.

But with recent Covid-19 cases among teams he has said the competition reached its tipping point.

"I think we are at the point now. Honestly, up until now I felt incredibly safe and confident in the bubble they have created," he added.

Cummins commended Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association for their help during the period.

IPL postponed due to Covid-19

It's now emerged that Sunrisers Hyderabad’s fixture against the Mumbai Indians was also set to be postponed after Wriddhiman Saha also tested positive for Covid-19.

With positive tests at four different franchises, officials were left with little choice but to suspend the lucrative T20 tournament indefinitely.

The captain of Aussie star Steve Smith's Delhi Capitals - coached by Australian great Ricky Ponting - tested positive, forcing the side into isolation.

Australians David Warner and Mitchell Marsh will also be isolated after the wicketkeeper at their franchise, the Sunrisers Hyderabad, tested positive.

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