Cricket star’s girlfriend responds after his ‘absurd’ request during virus crisis

Chris Lynn’s girlfriend has responded after the cricket star came under fire for asking whether Aussies playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) could come home on a charter flight as the country’s COVID-19 crisis worsens.

India’s coronavirus death toll soared past 200,000 on Thursday as a major surge of 360,000 new infections — a global daily record — and more than 3000 deaths were recorded overnight.

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The country has been brought to its knees as desperate families clamour for dwindling medical supplies, but the IPL is continuing. Cricketers taking part in the lucrative T20 tournament are playing in empty stadiums and confined to bio-secure bubbles, travelling around in full-body personal protective equipment.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced this week all flights to and from India had been suspended until May 15, including commercial and government repatriation services and Australian cricketers would not be given any preferential treatment.

Some critics panned Lynn’s “absurd” request when he floated the idea of a private charter flight being arranged to ferry Australian players back home earlier this week.

“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,” Lynn told The Courier Mail.

“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.’’

Australia’s cricketers are intent on returning home safely.Source:Instagram

Lynn’s partner Karlie Andrews didn’t comment directly on Lynn’s suggestion, but said she was hoping all players could return to Australia safely when the timing was appropriate.

“I know the IPL is doing everything they can to keep our players safe in their bubble,” she told Daily Mail Australia.

“And I know all partners would obviously love to have their significant other home safe and well ASAP when the IPL is complete.

“Hopefully (Chris) is home at the end of May. It is not ideal and I miss him heaps but it won’t be forever and so just have to hang in there.”

There are still 14 Aussie cricketers in India, including David Warner, Steve Smith and Pat Cummins, along with a handful of coaches such as Ricky Ponting and Simon Katich. The group stage of the IPL is scheduled to end on May 23, with the final set for May 30.

Fast bowler Andrew Tye left the IPL because of the virus situation and is quarantining in a Sydney hotel, while Sporting News reports Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson have both managed to secure flights home after also deciding to leave the tournament early.

Karlie Andrews is playing the waiting game for now.Source:Instagram

Lynn has no intention of jumping the queue, but wanted to explore options for returning home.Source:Instagram

Cricket Australia confirmed to that the majority of Australian players and staff have no intention of leaving the glamorous T20 tournament early, and a chartered flight would not be necessary at this stage.

Although not directly involved in the their role at the IPL, CA and the Australian Cricketers’ Association remain in frequent contact with the players and staff.

ACA chief executive Todd Greenberg told 2GB on Wednesday morning: “One thing I can tell you … there’s no free rides or any expectations of that from our players.”

IPL chiefs reassured the tournament’s international cricketers they are “totally safe” and urged players to remain in India and keep competing.

With Nic Savage

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