Australian and Royal Bangalore bowlers Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson decided to step down from the rest of the ongoing IPL for personal reasons on Monday. They join compatriot and Rajasthan Royals race leader Andrew Tye, who left halfway through the league because he feared he would be ‘locked up’ in his own country following a COVID-19 wave in India .
“Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson are returning to Australia for personal reasons and will not be available for the remainder of the IPL season. Royal Challengers Bangalore are offering them full support in every way possible,” RCB said in a statement.
Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson are returning to Australia for personal reasons and will not be available for the remainder of # IPL2021. The management of Royal Challengers Bangalore respects their decision and offers them full support.#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers pic.twitter.com/NfzIOW5Pwl
– Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) April 26, 2021
While the Zampa leg spinner was purchased for Rs 1.5 crore, RCB spent Rs 4 crore to purchase the Richardson pacer at the players auction.
Tye said he decided to leave on Sunday after learning about the growing number of quarantine cases from India in his hometown of Perth. The 34-year-old had yet to play for the Royals and his franchise contract was worth Rs one crore.
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“There were a number of reasons, but the main one was the situation which started to occur with us in Perth with many cases in quarantine in hotels from India,” Tye told ‘SEN radio’ from Doha on Monday. “Now there has been a community case in Perth, governments are trying to restrict the number of returns, especially in Western Australia.”
Bubble fatigue was also a factor, Tye said. “I just thought about trying to take the lead and get home before I was locked out of the country. It’s been a long time in bubbles and hubs – doing the math earlier, I think I’ve had 11 days home out of the bubble since August, so for me I just wanted to come home.
Getting out of India is becoming more and more difficult by the day, with many countries imposing a travel ban including the UK and New Zealand. Australia has also cut thefts by 30% and there could be more restrictions, with India reporting more than 3 lakh cases per day in the past week.
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The IPL has up to 17 Australian cricketers, including big names like Pat Cummins, David Warner, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell, in addition to coaches and support staff like Ricky Ponting and David Hussey.
With the second wave of the pandemic ravaging India and cases reaching new highs by the day, fear is mounting among Australia’s cricket contingent in the Indian Premier League.
Some of them are getting “nervous,” according to former Australian drummer and Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coach David Hussey. “Everyone is a little nervous about being able to go back to Australia. I dare say there will be a few other Australians who are a little nervous about going back to Australia, ”he told The Age.