Australians have begun pulling out of IPL 2021; Zampa and Richardson latest
Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa
The surge of Covid-19 pandemic is beginning to take its toll in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). The latest to step out of it are Australians Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson who have flown back citing “personal reasons” for their pulling out.
"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," the franchise said in a statement.
Earlier Andrew Tye, another Australian, had flown back home, leaving Rajasthan Royals, citing bio-bubble fatigue.
"AJ Tye flew back to Australia earlier today due to personal reasons. We will continue to offer any support he may need," RR said in a statement.
Laim Livingstone, another Rajasthan Royals player, is back in England, citing fatigue out of bio-bubble.
Delhi Capitals (DC) senior spinner R Ashwin yesterday announced his decision to take a break from IPL 2021 to extend help to his family members during this unprecedented time.
"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," he said.
Among players, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)'s Nitish Rana, RCB's Devdutt Padikkal and Daniel Sams contracted the virus. While South African pacer Anrich Nortje also initially tested positive, the report turned out to be false. Mumbai Indians' senior talent scout Kiran More had also also tested positive. All these players and support staff members have now tested negative.
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