Australian pacemaker Nathan Coulter-Nile understands why some of his compatriots decided to leave home halfway through the IPL, but he feels safer being part of the Mumbai Indian bio-bubble as the India is battling deadly second wave of COVID-19 infections. Rajasthan Royals fast bowler Andrew Tye left for Perth fearing he would be ‘kicked out’ from his own country following a COVID-19 outbreak. Shortly after, Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa of the Royal Challengers Bangalore also stepped down for personal reasons.
However, Coulter-Nile was surprised when he learned that the three of them were leaving. He has a contract of Rs 5 crore with MI.
“Everyone has their own opinions and different situations for them,” Coulter-Nile told cricket.com.au.
“I was surprised to see AJ come home, then Zamps and Richo, but when you talk to them you really understand where they’re coming from.
“I spoke to Zamps some time ago and he made a very compelling argument for coming home. But for me, I think it’s safer for me to stay in the bubble than to try to go home for now. “
Leading Australian stars like David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins and Steve Smith are part of the IPL.
Getting out of India is becoming more and more difficult by the day with some countries including the UK and New Zealand imposing travel bans from the country and Australia considering doing the same.
“… I feel like something has to be given to get home. I’ll just wait and see how it goes.
“Worst comes at worst, we will have to quarantine ourselves in Dubai for a few weeks before we can return home. But I’m sure that will be fixed,” Coulter-Nile said.
The Australian, who is tested three times a day, said he was confident in the bio-bubble created for the IPL.
“We have a rapid response test in the morning before another test later in the day and then another in the evening as well. And it’s for everyone – the players, the staff, the people who do the laundry, the cleaners, everyone.
“In terms of testing, they’re pretty sure. I’m as confident (in the bubble) as you can be. All the protocols and measurements are in place, I can’t think of anything more than us. could do.
“As long as everyone is following them – that’s the hardest part, there are a lot of moving parts – but if everyone does the right thing, you should be fine,” he added.
India has reported more than three cases of lakhs in recent days.
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