Freedomroo – Cricket Michael Slater SLAMS Scott Morrison for leaving Australians stranded in Covid-ravaged India

Former Test cricketer Michael Slater (pictured) has sparked controversy by claiming Scott Morrison had blood on his hands

Australian cricket legend Michael Slater has slammed Scott Morrison days after the federal government stopped all flights returning Aussies home from Covid-ravaged India.

Slater, who was in India as a commentator for the Indian Premier League, said the Morrison government had ‘blood on its hands’.

The former Test opening batsman managed to escape to the Maldives and now must wait the designated two weeks to return to Australia.

The criticism comes as the nation’s chief medical officer issued a dire warning about the consequences of the travel ban for 9,000 Australians still stranded in India.

Slater is furious about the treatment of a host of Australian stars still stranded in India, including David Warner, Steve Smith and Pat Cummins.  

Former Test cricketer Michael Slater (pictured) has sparked controversy by claiming Scott Morrison had blood on his hands

‘If our government cared for the safety of Aussies they would allow us to get home,’ Slater wrote on Twitter on Monday night.

‘It’s a disgrace!! Blood on your hands PM. How dare you treat us like this? 

‘How about you sort out quarantine system? I had government permission to work on the IPL but I now have government neglect.’ 

Slater doubled down on his tirade in a follow-up tweet after he was inundated with backlash.

‘For those who think this is a money exercise. Well forget it. This is what I do for a living and I have not made a penny having left early. So please stop the abuse and think of the thousands dying in India each day. It’s called empathy. If only our government had some!’ Slater continued.

Michael Slater (front) was recently in India working as a commentator for the Indian Premier League.

Michael Slater (front) was recently in India working as a commentator for the Indian Premier League.

Pat Cummins (pictured with partner  Becky Boston) is among the Australians still in India

Pat Cummins (pictured with partner  Becky Boston) is among the Australians still in India

Thirty-four Australians remain in India – 12 players, 11 coaches, four commentators, two umpires and five support staff, as well as a commentator from New Zealand who lives in Australia.

As many as 9,000 Australians – including the country’s top cricket players – have been stranded in India by the government’s ban on flights from the Covid-ravaged nation until May 15.

Mr Morrison suspended all direct commercial flights and chartered repatriation flights last Tuesday as India suffers a huge surge in cases and deaths.

Slater’s comments have sparked a divided reaction online with hundreds slamming his decision to go to India. 

‘We’re in a pandemic but you still CHOSE to go to India. You knew the risks but you went anyway. Did you expect to be able to pull the “don’t you know who I am” card to get around it?,’ one woman commented.

One man added: ‘Mate I feel for you and all those stranded, but when new cases his 100,000 per day on 4 April I think that border closure was inevitable. If the borders were left open the risk of leak from quarantine would be too great and we simply can’t afford lockdowns.’

Michael Slater (pictured) has been slammed online following his public criticism of the federal government

Michael Slater (pictured) has been slammed online following his public criticism of the federal government

Meanwhile, Australian chief medical officer Professor Paul Kelly has expressed his concerns about the travel ban in a letter to Health Minister Greg Hunt, amid fears stranded Australians could die in India. 

‘These include the risk of serious illness without access to healthcare, the potential for Australians to be stranded in a transit country, and in a worst-case scenario, deaths,’ he wrote in a letter to Mr Hunt tabled in parliament on Monday

‘I consider that these serious implications can be mitigated through having the restriction only temporarily in place, ie a pause, and by ensuring there are categories of exemptions.’

Steve Smith (pictured with wife Dani Willis) is among 12 Australian cricketers still in India

Steve Smith (pictured with wife Dani Willis) is among 12 Australian cricketers still in India

Australia has suspended all flights to and from India until May 15 as the crisis in India worsens. Pictured is crematorium on the outskirts of New Delhi

Australia has suspended all flights to and from India until May 15 as the crisis in India worsens. Pictured is crematorium on the outskirts of New Delhi

However, Professor Kelly considers a pause on flights until May 15 as an effective and proportionate measure.

He believes a significant risk of a possible outbreak from Australia’s hotel quarantine system, particularly from arrivals from India.

‘Each new case identified in quarantine increases the risk of leakage into the Australian community through transmission to quarantine workers or other quarantined returnees and subsequently into the Australian community more broadly,’ Professor continued.

‘Due to the high proportion of positive cases arising from arrivals from India, I consider a pause until 15 May 2021 on arrivals from India to be an effective and proportionate measure to maintain the integrity of Australia’s quarantine system.’

Scott Morrison (pictured) has come under more fire for blocking Australians from coming home from India - which is suffering a huge Covid outbreak

Scott Morrison (pictured) has come under more fire for blocking Australians from coming home from India – which is suffering a huge Covid outbreak

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