Growing cases of COVID-19 in India have also started to cause anxiety in the ongoing Indian Premier League franchise camps (IPL 2021). Many Australian and English players have already left the tournament to return home to their families and even India Ravichandran Ashwin has decided to cut short his time in IPL and be with this family in times of crisis.
India has recorded more than 3,000,000 cases per day for the past four consecutive days and the death rate has also increased. On the positive side, recoveries are also on the rise, with the central government opening the vaccination program to adults over 18 from May 1.
However, anxiety and fear for safety led Liam Livingstone of England from the Rajasthan Royals to become the first player to return home citing bio-bubble fatigue, then Andrew Tye from Australia and Kane Richardson and Adam. Zampa of the Royal Challengers Bangalore have become the latest players to withdraw from IPL 2021.
“I just thought about trying to take the lead and come home before I was kicked out of the country … I think I’ve spent 11 days at home out of the bubble since August, so for me, I just wanted to go home “ Tye told ‘SEN Radio’ from Doha, the transit point before his flight to Perth.
While Kane Richardson may have played one game for RCB, Andrew Tye and Adam Zampa have not been in their franchise’s XIs for any game so far. Kolkata Knight Riders mentor David Hussey admitted the Australians at IPL are a little nervous about returning home following the situation here.
From now on, IPL 2021 is moving forward: BCCI official
Despite the continued departure of players from the current IPL 2021, a BCCI official, on condition of anonymity, told PTI that the Indian Premier League 14 will go on schedule. The BCCI, for its part, insisted that the event continue and that it not hamper those who want to leave.
“From now on, IPL is moving forward. Obviously, if someone wants to leave, that’s fine,A senior official of the Board of Directors said on the terms of anonymity.
The tournament started with matches in Chennai and Mumbai and now the caravan will be moving to Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Delhi for the rest of the matches.