Adam Zampa said his sense of “vulnerability” in the IPL 2021 bio-bubble was not due to fear of being infected with the Covid-19 virus.
“My comments about the vulnerability of the IPL bubble had nothing to do with the feeling that the virus would enter the bubble at any time. BCCI and RCB have taken many precautions to make us feel safe. I think the tournament is in good hands… It was a personal choice to leave for many reasons, ”the Australian spinner said in an official statement released Thursday by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
“Kane and I have both reached Melbourne unharmed. Thanks to RCB management for the way the situation was handled… Their understanding of the situation made the process much easier, ”Zampa said.
Zampa had said the bio-bubble set up for the ongoing T20 event was the “most vulnerable” it was a part of, while suggesting it should have been held in the United Arab Emirates, like last year.
This was after Zampa and his RCB and Australian teammate Kane Richardson pulled out of the season to return home for “personal reasons,” as the IPL franchise reported on Monday.
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
The announcement came less than 24 hours before Australia announced a hiatus on all direct flights from India due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths in India. Zampa and Richardson touched down in Melbourne on Thursday afternoon after catching a connecting flight from Doha. They will now spend the next two weeks in quarantine at the hotel.
“I spoke to Zamps some time ago and he made a very compelling case for going home. But for me, I feel like it’s safer for me to stay in the bubble than it is. ‘trying to get home for now, Coulter Nile told cricket.com.au.
Zampa’s RCB teammate Dan Christian praised the strict measures put in place for the tournament. “It’s pretty safe and no expense is spared as you can imagine in this tournament,” Christian told the same publication.