Nitin Menon left the IPL bio-bubble after his wife and mother tested positive for COVID-19.© BCCI / IPL
Top Indian referee Nitin Menon and his Australian counterpart Paul Reiffel have withdrawn from the IPL for personal reasons. We learn that Menon, a resident of Indore, left the IPL bio-bubble after his wife and mother tested positive for COVID-19. Menon is the only Indian in the elite ICC referee panel and was recently praised for his work in India’s home series against England. “Yes, Nitin is gone because his immediate family members have COVID-19 and he is currently not in a mental state to run games,” a BCCI official told PTI.
In Reiffel’s case, the Australian government imposing a travel ban from India following the increase in COVID-19 cases led to his swift departure.
Menon is the second Indian to withdraw from the tournament after Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who also returned home after all of his family tested positive.
Three Australians Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa have left home due to the unprecedented health crisis in India.
However, BCCI is continuing the tournament and interim CEO Hemang Amin has assured all players and support staff that they stay safe in the bio-bubble.
The BCCI is likely to replace Menon and Reiffel with two of its own arbitrators.
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