IPL 2021 – Australian players ‘nervous’, can leave IPL mid-way: With Covid-19 crisis ravaging India, panic among the foreign cricketers playing in IPL 2021 is increasing by the day. Such is the situation, that some Australian cricketers are ‘very nervous’ and can leave the tournament mid-way the way Andrew Tye of Rajasthan Royals has done. 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.
One of the Australians, Rajasthan Royals’ Andrew Tye, has already left for home, citing personal reasons. Compatriot Billy Stanlake refused a contract with Chennai Super Kings as Josh Hazlewood’s last-minute replacement, reportedly due to the horrifying situation in India. One of their worst fears is Australia shutting the border to passengers from India to the country. The newspaper, though, claimed negotiations have begun on how to ferry the Australian cricketers and support staff back home.
“Talks are afoot to organise a chartered flight for Australian players and coaches from India at the conclusion of the tournament… Talks had started to allow players to get back easily enough at the end of the tournament,” it said.
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), David Hussey (KKR) and others.
Australian cricketers in IPL 2021
Pat Cummins: (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Glenn Maxwell: (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Jhye Richardson: (Punjab Kings)
David Warner: (Sunrisers Hyderabad)*
Riley Meredith: (Punjab Kings)
Marcus Stoinis: (Delhi Capitals)*
Nathan Coulter-Nile: (Mumbai Indians)
Dan Christian: (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Kane Richardson: (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Moises Henriques: (Punjab Kings)
Chris Lynn: (Mumbai Indians)*
Steve Smith: (Delhi Capitals)
Adam Zampa: (Royal Challengers Bangalore)*
Andrew Tye: (Rajasthan Royals)*
Ben Cutting: (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Daniel Sams: (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Jason Behrendorff: (Chennai Super Kings)
IPL 2021: Australian cricketers ‘very nervous’, Hussey says more may go back
Though the IPL bio-bubble has been more or less secure, with those inside it getting tested every other day, they could not but be affected by the prevailing mood in India.
“A couple of players, their fathers have passed away. One person, in particular, he’s one of the staff members with us, and his father passed away last year from COVID, and he was really pragmatic by saying it was his time to go,” he said.
No matter how hard they try to shut themselves from the outside world, they cannot escape the news and images circulating in the media. “It is on the radar. It’s on the news every minute of the day. You see people in hospital beds. It puts a lot of things in perspective. We actually discussed after the game last night, how lucky we are to play the game and try to entertain people around the world. Everyone’s pretty nervous about what’s going on over here, but they’re also pragmatic,” Hussey said.
However, Hussey said that he and Kolkata Knight Riders are keen to continue their participation in the tournament. “From a Kolkata point of view, we’re desperate for the tournament to keep going, purely because everyone’s in lockdown, there’s not much else to do,” he said.
IPL 2021: DC’s R Ashwin takes break from IPL to ‘support family’ amid pandemic
IPL 2021: DC’s R Ashwin takes break from IPL due to personal reasons- Delhi Capitals allrounder, ace spinner R Ashwin has pulled himself out of IPL 2021 amid deteriorating conditions in India amid rising cases of COVID-19. Taking 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