Australian pacemaker Nathan Coulter-Nile understands why some of his compatriots decided to leave home halfway through IPL, but he feels safer being part of the Mumbai Indian bio-bubble as the India is battling deadly second wave of COVID-19 infections.
Rajasthan Royals race leader Andrew Tye has left for Perth fearing he will be ‘kicked out’ from his own country following a wave of COVID-19. Shortly after, Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa of the Royal Challengers Bangalore also stepped down for personal reasons.
However, Coulter-Nile was surprised when he learned that the three of them were leaving. He has a contract of Rs 5 crore with MI.
“Everyone has their own opinions on this and different situations for them,” Coulter-Nile told cricket.com.au, where more than 20,000 cases have been reported daily over the past week.
“I was surprised to see AJ come home, then Zamps and Richo, but when you talk to them you definitely understand where they’re coming from.
“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. ‘try to get home for now.
Top Australian stars like David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins and Steve Smith are part of the IPL.
Getting out of India is becoming more and more difficult by the day with some countries including the UK and New Zealand imposing travel bans from the country and Australia considering the same.
“… I feel like something has to give to get home. I’ll just wait and see how it goes.
“The worst comes the worst, we will have to quarantine in Dubai for a few weeks before we can return home. But I’m sure it’s going to be fixed, ”Coulter-Nile said.
The Australian, who is tested three times a day, said he was confident in the bio-bubble created for the IPL.
“We have a rapid response test in the morning before another test later in the day and then one in the evening as well. And it’s for everyone: the players, the staff, the people who do the laundry, the cleaners, everyone.
“In terms of testing, they’re pretty spot on. I am as confident (in the bubble) as you can be. All the protocols and measures are in place, I don’t see anything more we could do.
“As long as everyone follows them?” is it the hardest part, are there a lot of moving parts? but if everyone does the right thing, you should be fine, ”he added.
India has reported more than three cases of lakhs in recent days.