Michael Slater: After the halfway mark, it seems that the COVID-19 has finally breached the IPL bio-bubble. Multiple players and members of the support staff have tested positive for the COVID-19 in two days. In view of the rising cases, the BCCI has decided to suspend the IPL 2021 indefinitely. As per BCCI sources, the tournament will resume once the situation is deemed fit.
Following the PBKS Vs DC (Match 29) encounter, over 5 players have tested positive over the past 2 days. Those who tested positive include players like Varun Chakravarthy (KKR), Sandeep Warrier (KKR), Pat Cummins (KKR), Amit Mishra (DC), and Wriddhiman Saha (SRH). Also, CSK coach Laxmipathy Balaji and a staff member and bus driver have tested positive for the COVID-19.
Michael Slater Lands In Maldives, Breaches COVID Bio-Bubble
Amidst all this, Australian TV presenter Michael Slater has found himself under a major controversy. As per reports, Slate is said to have breached the COVID-19 bio-bubble and travelled to the Maldives. In his recent tweet, Michael Slater bashed out at Australian PM Scott Morrison for being negligent in his approach towards Australian players. The former-Australian all-rounder accused the Australian PM of severe negligence. This tweet came after Australia banned flights from India because of the unprecedented rise in infections.
And now, it looks as if trouble is on the cards for the former Australian all-rounder. The Australian TV presenter has breached the COVID bio-bubble and flown to the Maldives as the COVID situation worsens in India. The Australian government has made it clear that Australian players currently on IPL-duty in India will have to make their own return arrangements.
Did Slater Breach COVID Protocols?
Nick Hobson, interim Cricket Australia President, said on Monday ( May 3) that the government currently no plans whatsoever to charter private flights to bring back Australian cricketers. However, it is being reported that Michael Slater breached the COVID bio-bubble and has escaped to the Maldives. It is being learned that Slater escaped to the Maldives even before the tournament was suspended.
Several players had earlier pulled out of IPL 2021, citing bubble fatigue. These include the likes of Adam Zampa (RCB), Kane Richardson (RCB), Andrew Tye (RR), and Liam Livingstone (RR). Meanwhile, the Australian government has put in fresh restrictions because of rising cases.
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