Team Mumbai’s Australian opener Chris Lynn has revealed that the Indian T20 League players will be vaccinated next week, as the Indian government will allow everyone aged 18 and above to avail the corvid-19 vaccine from May 1.
The rising COVID-19 cases in India has seen numerous players leaving Indian T20 League’s bio-bubble to leave for their homes. The most recent names are Rajasthan’s Andrew Tye and Bangalore’s Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa all of whom left India citing personal reasons.
The Union health ministry’s update on Tuesday morning stated 3,23,144 new COVID-19 cases and 2,771 related deaths in the last 24 hours as Indian T20 League continues in the country.
Speaking to Australia’s News Corp media, Chris Lynn said, “I know there are people worse off than us. But we are going from a really tight bubble and are getting vaccinated next week so hopefully the government will let us get home on a private charter.”
“I texted back that as Cricket Australia makes 10 per cent of every IPL contract there's a chance we could spend that money this year on a charter flight once the tournament is over?
"We are not asking for shortcuts and we signed up knowing the risks. But it would be great to get home as soon as the event is over,” added the swashbuckling opener.
However, it is yet to be clarified if BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) will be vaccinating foreign players too. According to ANI, a source revealed that the BCCI will let the Indian cricketers decide if they want to get vaccinated and the provision will be restricted to Indian players only.
"The Indian players can get vaccinated from Saturday. It is a call that is left on players," said sources in the know of developments in the BCCI, reported ANI.
When asked if foreign players in the Indian T20 League will get the services as well, the source said, "Only the Indian players can get vaccinated here."
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