Australian cricket legend Michael Slater has copped backlash for saying Scott Morrison has 'blood on his hands' over his ban on Aussies flying home from Covid-ravaged India.
The former Test opening batsman, who was in India as a commentator for the Indian Premier League, managed to escape to the Maldives and now must wait the designated two weeks to return to Australia.
But Slater's criticism of the Prime Minister has been met with furor, with many Australians saying he and his teammates chose to travel to India on their own accord.
'So Michael Slater goes into a war zone to chase money. Now when it has gotten out of control, it's the Australian Government's fault?' one Twitter user wrote.
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Former Test cricketer Michael Slater (pictured) has sparked controversy by claiming Scott Morrison had blood on his hands
Michael Slater (picture, front, in Mumbai) was recently in India working as a commentator for the Indian Premier League
'Michael Slater can F O. Attacking the PM when HE went to India to make big cash but now it doesn’t suit him,' said another.
'This Michael Slater rant is really something else. He can't honestly think he went to India knowing what could happen if it went pear shaped?' wrote a third.
The criticism comes as the nation's chief medical officer issued a dire warning about the consequences of the travel ban for the 9,000 Australians still stranded in India.
Slater is furious about the treatment of a host of Australian stars stuck in India, including David Warner, Steve Smith and Pat Cummins.
'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.'Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
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,' he wrote.
'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.'
Pat Cummins (pictured with partner Becky Boston) is among the Australians still stuck in India - and he's been plunged into isolation after two Indian teammates tested positive to Covid-19
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.
Superstar Cummins is currently in isolation after two of his IPL teammates tested positive to Covid-19.
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.