After a string of players including Delhi Capitals’ Ravichandran Ashwin, Rajasthan Royals’ Andrew Tye, RCB’s Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson decided to cut short their Indian Premier League (IPL) stint due to the rising COVID-19 cases in India, two officials have also pulled out. On Thursday, it was reported that umpires Nitin Menon and Paul Reiffiel have withdrawn from the compeition.
On Monday, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) announced the departure of Zampa and Richardson, saying that the duo will be leaving the bio-bubble to return home. RCB in their statement said that the duo is returning to Australia “for personal reasons and will be unavailable for the remainder of the season.”
The latest departures put the teams and the IPL 2021 organisers in a bit of a soup. We take a look at the list of players who have left IPL midway or did not travel to India owing to the pandemic situation in the country and for various other reasons.
Nitin Menon and Paul Reiffel
Menon’s mother and wife have tested positive for the deadly virus and he has a kid to look after. So he has flew home to Indore to be with his family. On the other hand, Reiffel informed the BCCI that he was anxious of not being able to return home with Australia banning flights from India till May 15 and thus left few days back.
“Nitin has a small child to look after as his mother and wife have tested positive while Reiffel informed BCCI that he fears not being able to go home due to the Australian government’s decision banning all flights from India,” The Indian Express quoted an unnamed BCCI source as confirming.
Both Menon and Reiffel are part of ICC’s Elite Panel of Umpires.
Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa
Official Announcment:Adam Zampa & Kane Richardson are returning to Australia for personal reasons and will be unavailable for the remainder of #IPL2021. Royal Challengers Bangalore management respects their decision and offers them complete support.#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers pic.twitter.com/NfzIOW5Pwl
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) April 26, 2021
Meanwhile, spin wizard Ravichandran Ashwin has also withdrawn his name from the 14th edition of the cash-rich league to be with his family in the fight against COVID-19.Ashwin, who was part of Delhi’s playing XI against Sunriders Hyderabad in Sunday’s doubleheader, announced his decision via Twitter.
Ashwin, however, did not rule out returning to the league in the later stage. According to the IPL guidelines, Ashwin will have to undergo a period of quarantine before joining his team in the bio-bubble.
I would be taking a break from this years IPL from tomorrow. My family and extended family are putting up a fight against #COVID19 and I want to support them during these tough times. I expect to return to play if things go in the right direction. Thank you @DelhiCapitals 🙏🙏— Stay home stay safe! Take your vaccine🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) April 25, 2021
Liam Livingstone and Andrew Tye
Rajasthan Royals’ English recruit Liam Livingstone was the first name to withdraw from IPL in midseason. Livingstone had claimed bio-bubble fatigue for his departure. He flew back home last Monday and his franchise announced the same on Tuesday. Another player, Andrew Tye has also decided to fly back to Australia, leaving IPL 2021.
Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes
Archer, 26, had earlier been ruled out of the early matches of the IPL due to an elbow injury. The ECB said in a statement that he has returned to bowling “with higher intensity” this week and it will assess his medical progress along with his county side Sussex.
Archer thus becomes the second England player with RR to be ruled out for the season after all-rounder Ben Stokes returned to the country with a finger injury he sustained while fielding in RR’s first match of the season. In their absence, RR have struggled to get going and find themselves bottom of the table with three losses and one win in four matches.
Marsh had missed almost the entire IPL 2020 due to a twisted ankle. He had suffered the injury during SRH’s first game of the season. Jason Holder replaced him in the squad and went on to impress, thereby retaining his place in the squad. Marsh IPL 2021 citing bio bubble fatigue and is replaced by Jason Roy in the SRH squad.
Hazlewood decided to opt out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and rest up for a crowded schedule of international cricket culminating with the Ashes at the end of the year. The 30-year-old fast bowler was scheduled to play a second season for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, which is being played across six venues, initially without spectators, from April 9-May 30. “It’s been a long 10 months in bubbles and quarantine at different times, so I decided to have a rest from cricket and spend some time at home and in Australia in the next two months,” Hazlewood told cricket.com.au.
Australia’s Josh Philippe ruled himself out from the IPL 2021 due to personal reasons and as a result, RCB named New Zealander Finn Allen as his replacement.
And if a report published in the Sydney Morning Herald is to be believed then, most of the Australian cricketers are looking to fly due to the fears that they will be locked of their country after the Scott Morrison-led government decided to cut incoming flights from India.
“Several sources close to the situation said on Sunday that multiple Australian players in India were seeking to leave the tournament early amid India’s skyrocketing coronavirus cases and recent travel restrictions imposed on people returning to Australia from India,” said the report published in SMH.