Australian cricketer David Warner has shared a heartbreaking message from his three young girls begging their dad to come home.
The Test batsman is among a number of Australian cricketers who face an uncertain future in coronavirus-ravaged India as the Indian Premier League is suspended and multiple players test positive to Covid-19 - with another 9000 Aussies trapped in the virus-ravaged nation.
Even more of Australia's top cricketers in India were forced into isolation on Tuesday after a third IPL player tested positive for the virus.
The IPL has since announced the immediate indefinite suspension of the big-money tournament featuring many of the world's best players, acknowledging that if the seven-week competition were to continue it may put 'lives at stake'.
Warner and his Sunrisers Hyderabad teammates have been plunged into lockdown after one of their players, Wriddhiman Saha, returned a positive COVID-19 test on Tuesday.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Several hours later, Warner uploaded a drawing of his young family and a handwritten note from his eldest daughter Ivy Mae to Instagram.
'Please daddy come home straight away. We miss you a lot and love you. Love from Ivy, Indi and Isla,' the six-year-old wrote.
'My gorgeous Ivy. So much love ' Warner captioned the heartbreaking note.
Pat Cummins is already in isolation after teammates tested positive to Covid-19 (pictured with IPL teammates)
Wriddhiman Saha of Sunrisers Hyderabad is the latest IPL player to test positive for Covid-19
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Pat Cummins (pictured with his partner Becky Boston) is in isolation after two of his teammates in India tested positive to Covid-19
Organisers released a statement saying the IPL would work with player's home nations to get them home safely, but Australia has a total ban on flights from the nation - and has even threatened citizens with five years in prison if they return.
On Monday, Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins was also sent into isolation along the rest of the Kolkata Knight Riders, after two players from the squad contracted the potentially deadly virus.
The Knight Riders played the Dehli Capitals on April 29 forcing former Australian captain Steve Smith, along all-round Marcus Stoinis and Australian-born Capitals coaches Ricky Ponting and James Hopes, into isolation.
With the Covid bio-bubble now breached in both Ahmedabad and Delhi, two of the venues currently hosting the Twenty20 tournament, the organisers took the decision to suspend matches.
It comes as India struggles to cope with the Covid-19 crisis as cases soared past 20 million and deaths approached 220,000 with the health system on the verge of collapse.
The English Cricket Board said it would wait and hear the IPL organisers' plans to repatriate the players before taking further action.
It is not yet know if Australia plans to take similar action for its own players, with the borders shut with no exceptions to India.
Scott Morrison announced last week a controversial ban on all flights from India, making it illegal for citizens to fly home from the Covid-ravaged nation.
The Prime Minister even warned the 9,000 stranded citizens could face five years in prison and a $66,600 fine for returning.
Former test captain Steve Smith is among the Australian players stranded in India
Former Australian skipper and Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting is locked down in India
Australian power-hitter and IPL star Glen Maxwell, is pictured with his partner
It is the first time in Aussies have been stopped from returning home under the threat of jail time.
Australian IPL commentator Michael Slater, whose currently in India, voiced his disgust at the draconian policy.
'If our Government cared for the safety of Aussies they would allow us to get home. It's a disgrace!! Blood on your hands PM,' he wrote on Twitter.
'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.'
Australian Cricketers' Association chief executive Todd Greenberg told 2GB on the players are doing 'fine', despite the horrific scenes playing out across in India.
'Both boys are fine, I spoke to Pat last night, they're doing pretty well all things considered,' he said.
'There's obviously a lot of anxiety about making sure they can get home safely and that's obviously tricky given some of the government restrictions that have been put in place, too.'
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