Mumbai Indians’ Australian recruit Chris Lynn has revealed that the players participating in the ongoing season of Indian Premier League will be vaccinated for COVID-19 next week. He also informed that he has requested Cricket Australia to arrange a charter flight for the Australian players post the conclusion of IPL. Australian players are fearing getting stuck in India after Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that all flights from India would be suspended immediately.
Lynn revealed that Cricket Australia makes 10% of every Australian’s IPL contract thus could use that funds to arrange a safe return for the players.
"I texted back that as Cricket Australia make 10% of every IPL contract was there a chance we could spend that money this year on a charter flight once the tournament is over?" Lynn told News Corp media.
The right hand batsman was hopeful of his cricket board helping its players to return home safely.
"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. 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,” Chris Lynn added.
Quite a few players have pulled out of the IPL due to COVID-19 related issues. Andrew Tye, Liam Livingstone, Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson flew back home citing bubble fatigue. However, Lynn has ensured that he has no immediate plans to leave IPL.
Chris Lynn featured in just one game of IPL 2021 - in MI’s tournament opener against RCB. He did well in that match and top scored for Mumbai with a brisk 49. However, since Quinton de Kock completed his quarantine and was available for selection, Lynn was dropped from the team and hasn't made it to the playing XI since then.