Anxiety crossed IPL’s bio-secure bubble on Monday with top Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and some Australian players pulling out of the league amid India’s growing COVID-19 crisis even as BCCI insisted that the lavish league continues. Ashwin, 34, competing for the capitals of Delhi, decided to take a break saying his family “is currently fighting COVID-19” and wants to support them. He hopes to come back to the “if things go the right way” side.
However, Andrew Tye (Rajasthan Royals) and the duo of Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa (both Royal Challengers Bangalore) have pulled out as apprehension sets in after a few weeks for the league to take place in front of empty stalls on six sites.
While Zampa and Richardson have yet to open up their “personal reasons” for leaving, Tye said he feared being kicked out of his own country due to increased quarantine cases in India in his town. native of Perth.
“I was just thinking about trying to get ahead and get home before I was kicked out of the country … I think I’ve spent 11 days at home out of the bubble since August, so for me I just wanted to get home, ”Tye told“ SEN Radio ”from Doha, the transit point before his flight to Perth.
The BCCI, for its part, insisted that the event continue and that it does not interfere with those who want to leave. “Right now, IPL is moving forward. Obviously, if anyone wants to leave, that’s fine,” a senior board official said on condition of anonymity.
While Zampa was purchased for Rs 1.5 crore, RCB spent Rs 4 crore to purchase the Richardson Stimulator at the player auction.
Richardson starred in a game for RCB, returning the numbers 1 for 29 in three overs against Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai, but Zampa was unable to make it to the XI of play this season.
Tye, 34, had also not had a game with the Royals so far and his franchise deal was worth Rs one crore.
India is recording more than 3 lakh of cases per day over the past few days and the health infrastructure is struggling to cope with the rise, with lack of oxygen and some essential drugs adding to the crisis.
Kolkata Knight Riders mentor David Hussey admitted the Australians at IPL are a little nervous about returning home following the situation here.
“Everyone is a little nervous about whether they can go back to Australia. I dare say there will be a few other Australians who are a little nervous about going back to Australia,” said Hussey, a former international. Australian, to the Sydney Morning Herald. “.
Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association also released a joint statement on Monday, saying they were monitoring the situation.
“Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association remain in regular contact with Australian players, coaches and commentators participating in the Indian Premier League, which is held under strict biosecurity protocols,” the two organizations said.
“We will continue to listen to comments from those on the ground in India and advice from the Australian government. Our hearts are with the Indian people at this difficult time.”
Several England and New Zealand players are also taking part in the event but have yet to raise concerns.
“We continue to monitor and work with the players on an individual basis. Our hearts go out to the Indian people in these difficult times,” a spokesperson for the England and Wales Cricket Board told PTI.
New Zealand players, including stars such as Kane Williamson and Trent Boult, are expected to leave early anyway as they have a test run against England starting June 2.
They will have to return last week in May to be available due to quarantine rules. The IPL final is scheduled for May 30 in Ahmedabad.
Australia, we learn, could organize a chartered flight for its IPL cricketers once their engagement is over.
Up to 14 Australian players now remain in the event, including stars such as Steve Smith (DC), David Warner (SunRisers Hyderabad) and Pat Cummins (Kolkata Knight Riders), as well as coaches Ricky Ponting (DC) and Simon Katich (RCB).
Commentators Matthew Hayden, Brett Lee, Michael Slater and Lisa Sthalekar are also among the Australians involved in the league at the moment.
Earlier, Chris Morris, the versatile South African bowling player from Rajasthan Royals, who is the costliest player in the IPL, had explained how the COVID situation in India had become a topic of discussion in meetings of the team.
“It is quite difficult to understand what is going on,” he said at a recent press conference.
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