Former Test cricketer turned commentator Michael Slater has accused Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, of having “blood on his hands” as the Covid-19 crisis escalates in India.
Slater, who has been in India to commentate on the IPL, said in a Twitter post on Monday night that the government’s policy of temporarily preventing Australians from returning home was a “disgrace”.
With Covid cases soaring, flights from India have been banned by the Morrison government until 15 May. Penalties include a hefty fine or even jail for citizens attempting to repatriate.
Slater, who reportedly flew to the Maldives with no way back to Australia after the ban was introduced, said fellow citizens stranded in India were being neglected by their government.