Delhi Capitals bowler Ravichandran Ashwin has said he will leave the Indian Premier League bio-bubble to be with his family in the fight against COVID-19.
Ashwin, who played Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday in his hometown of Chennai, took to his Twitter account to announce: “I will take a break from this year’s IPL starting tomorrow. My family and extended family are fighting # COVID19 and I want to support them during these difficult times. “
The 34-year-old hasn’t ruled out a return to the squad in the later stages of the tournament. The IPL protocol states that any player joining the team would require that they undergo a period of quarantine before joining the bubble.
He added: “Hope to come back and play if things go the right way. Thanks @DelhiCapitals.”
I would take a break from this IPL year starting tomorrow. My family and extended family are fighting against # COVID-19[FEMALE[FEMININE and I want to support them in these difficult times. I hope to come back and play if things go in the right direction. Thank you @DelhiCapitals
– Stay home, stay safe! Take your vaccine (@ ashwinravi99) 25 April 2021
Large parts of India, including IPL host cities, are grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic. There have been 300,000 new cases every day – the highest number since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020 – leading to crippling health services across the length and breadth of the country.