IPL 2021: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday announced that their two Australian players Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson will be leaving the bio-bubble to return home due to the Covid-19 surge in India. “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,” RCB tweeted.
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
IPL 2021: More Australians can withdraw from the tournament
With the Covid-19 crisis wreaking havoc in India, there is panic amongst the foreign cricketers participating in the ongoing IPL 2021. Earlier, Rajasthan Royals pacer Andrew Tye had left the tournament mid-way to return home. He joined the long list of players who have withdrawn their participation from the ongoing T20 league. Before Tye, Liam Livingston had also returned home, citing bio-bubble fatigue.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) assistant coach David Hussey has admitted that players are nervous about getting back to Australia.
Some of them are getting “twitchy,” according to former Australian batsman and Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coach David Hussey. “Everyone’s sort of a bit nervous about whether they can get back into Australia. I dare say there’ll be a few other Australians a bit nervous about getting back into Australia,” he told Australian paper, The Age.
There are as many as 17 Australian cricketers featuring in the IPL including big names such as Pat Cummins, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith, besides many coaches and support staff like Michael Hussey (CSK), Ricky Ponting (Delhi Capitals), Hussey (KKR) and others.
IPL 2021: R Ashwin pulls out of IPL
R Ashwin was the first high-profile Indian player to withdraw from IPL 2021. The Delhi Capitals off-spinner on Sunday announced that he wants to ‘support his family’ and therefore will not be part of this year’s IPL.
aking to Twitter, Ashwin said, “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