Australian leg spinner Adam Zampa said on Tuesday he decided to quit the IPL halfway because it was the ‘most vulnerable’ bio-bubble he had been involved in and the tournament should have been take place in the United Arab Emirates, like last year.
Zampa and Kane Richardson, who were part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad, are expected to return home later on Tuesday after stepping down on personal grounds.
Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Zampa said he felt much safer in the United Arab Emirates where the IPL took place last year.
“We’ve been in a few (bubbles) now, and I feel like he’s probably the most vulnerable. I just have the impression that because it’s India, we are always told about hygiene here and to be very careful… I just felt that it was the most vulnerable.
“The IPL which was held in Dubai six months ago did not feel that way at all. I felt it was extremely safe. Personally, I think it would have been a better option originally for this IPL, but obviously there are a lot of political things that come into play.
“Obviously there is the T20 World Cup which is due to take place here later this year. This will probably be the next discussion in the world of cricket. Six months is a long time, ”said the leg spinner.
Zampa, who hasn’t secured a game this season after being bought for 1.5 crore rupees, said many factors contributed to his decision to quit the IPL.
“Obviously, the COVID situation here is pretty serious. I just felt, practicing and all that, obviously I wasn’t playing in the team too, I was going to train and I couldn’t find the motivation.
“There were a few other things like bubble fatigue and the chance to come home, once all the news broke about the flights and everything. I thought this was the best time to make the call.
There are contrasting views on the continuation of IPL amid the second wave of COVID raging in India.
Commenting on this, Zampa said: “There are a lot of people who say that cricket games might be a respite for some people, but it will also be a personal response.
“Someone who has a family member on their deathbed probably doesn’t care about cricket.”
Zampa does not regret the financial loss he suffered in withdrawing from the lucrative league.
“I feel like letting someone go halfway through a tournament, it’s definitely a financial sacrifice. But from my perspective, I wanted to prioritize my mental health. “
He also congratulated fellow Australian Pat Cummins, who donated $ 50,000 to help purchase oxygen supplies for Indian hospitals in high demand.
“Obviously very generous. I think we’ll probably see more now. My thoughts are with everyone here. I understand how dramatic the situation is. It’s bigger than cricket.