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Blood on your hands PM: Michael Slater slams Scott Morrison for ban on citizens returning from India   Michael Slater

Blood on your hands PM: Michael Slater slams Scott Morrison for ban on citizens returning from India  

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 05 May 2021, 10:52 am

Melbourne: Former Australian cricketer Michael Slater has targeted his country's PM Scott Morrison after his government imposed a ban on Australian citizens returning from India after the culmination of the ongoing IPL 2021 season.

Slater attacked him and even went on as saying that the PM has 'blood' on his hands.

" 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. 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," he tweeted.

He made the comment after Morrison said no special arrangement would be made to bring back the cricketers currently taking part in India to play Indian Premier League.

As Twitter users targeted Slater for giving priority to money over health, the former Australian opener clarified: " And 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 was working as a cricket commentator for the tournament which has now been suspended after several cricketers tested COVID-19 positive.

He left India as cases started to rise significantly.

On Saturday, Morrison’s government introduced fines of up to $66,600 or five years in prison for anyone defying the travel ban preventing Australians returning home from India. The temporary measure is designed to allow for hotel quarantine upgrades in Australia before an influx of citizens fleeing COVID-ravaged India, reports news.com.au.

Scott Morrison also responded to Slater's tweet and by saying it was “absurd” for the former cricketer to accuse him of having “blood on your hands”.  

“I’m not going to fail Australia,” Morrison was quoted as saying by news.com.au.

India has been ravaged by growing COVID-19 cases for the past several weeks. The country also registered 3780 deaths due to the virus in the past 24 hours.