The constant rising of cases in India has created havoc in the nation. Many prominent states/UT’s have imposed total or partial lockdown. IPL is one such tournament that kept people entertained and made lockdown a little easier for them. But as the situation worsens, many cricketers have decided to opt out from the prestigious tournament. Here is a list of all the players who have opted out of IPL due to reasons related to Covid-19:
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa- The Australian bowling duo recently pulled out of IPL due to the Covid scare. As per reports, the players fear getting locked out of Australia due to the travel restrictions imposed by the Australian government. Kolkata Knight Riders mentor David Hussey also raised his concerns on the same. Adam Zampa even said that he felt safer when the tournament was conducted in the UAE back in 2020.
This puts the franchisee in a fix as they have lost 2 overseas bowlers and it will be a difficult task for them to find suitable replacements. RCB, though is half way there by roping in New Zealand pacer Scott Kuggelejin. Scott was a part of Mumbai Indian’s bio bubble as a net bowler.
Andrew Tye and Liam Livingstone- Adding on to the misery caused by the injury of Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes, the departure of these two players on account of the Covid fear has increased the problems for Royals. They have now lost 4 of their overseas players and just like RCB, they need to quickly arrange for replacements, either via loan or otherwise.
Ravichandran Ashwin- India’s spin legend, R. Ashwin has decided to take a break from the cash rich league. He needs to support his family who are currently battling the deadly virus. He has assured his return once things are normal with his family. Though DC have quality spinners in their ranks such as Amit Mishra and Axar Patel, the quality and experience of R. Ashwin is unmatched. The team will be eagerly waiting for his early return.
Chennai Super Kings
Josh Hazelwood- The yellow army faced a set back in the start itself when star pacer Josh Hazelwood decided to not participate. He cited reasons related to staying in the bio bubble. He also wants to stay fresh for the Ashes series which is considered very significant for Australia and England both.
Written by: Aditya Paharia