Ashwin, Zampa, Richardson & Tye Out Of IPL 2021 Amid Covid-19 Concerns!

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One of the most shocking news in social media now is the departure of several cricketers from the IPL 2021 Tournament due to the Covid surge. Andrew Tye, who was with Rajasthan Royals, flew to Sydney and said that the “stress of bubble life” and concerns about borders closing in Australia. “I just thought I should try and get on the front foot and get home before I got locked out of the country,” the seamer told Australian radio station SEN.

Tye also added that he was concerned enough for the situation as a lot of guys have been in touch once they’ve realised that he was leaving.

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“Some of the guys are very interested in what route I took home and how I approached it.”- he added.

As per the reports, The England and Wales Cricket Board is not presently aware of any England players planning to leave the IPL, with individuals set to their own decisions, instead of the governing body.

On the other hand, England’s Eoin Morgan, who is the skipper of Kolkata Knight Riders, asserted that the tournament should continue as long as it does not hamper the efforts to combat Covid-19. “As long as lockdown doesn’t disturb what’s happening in the public eye.”- he said. Morgan added that the players are aware of the rising cases in India.

According to the reports, India every day has been reporting more than 300,000 cases making new daily global records. It was just a day earlier on Monday, it had the highest number of daily coronavirus cases for a fifth straight day, reporting 352,991 new infections and another 2,812 deaths in the previous 24-hour period.

Royal Challengers Bangalore announced that their leg-spinner Zampa, 29, and fast bowler Richardson, 30, will be not available for the rest of the IPL season and were returning to Australia for “personal reasons”. The statement was supported by the team RCB.

On the other side, Kolkata Knight Riders paceman Pat Cummins has requested his fellow players to join him in contributing to help India’s hospitals deal with the pandemic. Even he has pledged 50,000 Australian dollars (£28,006) to the PM Cares Fund, specifically to purchase oxygen supplies.

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“India is a country I’ve come to love dearly over the years and the people here are some of the warmest and kindest I’ve ever met,” the Australia vice-captain tweeted!

Cummins added: “At times like this it is easy to feel helpless. I’ve certainly felt that of late. But I hope by making this public appeal we can all channel our emotions into action that will bring light into people’s lives.