Indian Premier League 2021 bio-bubble: As many as four overseas and one Indian player have left Indian Premier League 2021 bio-bubble.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a significant toll on the ongoing 14th season of the Indian Premier League as far as players ruling themselves out are concerned.
Being currently played inside bio-secure environments in Ahmedabad and Delhi, the cash-rich competition is simultaneously receiving a lot of criticism with respect to the timing of the tournament and whatever is happening around the country.
Having said that, some players and support staff have also acknowledged the efforts put in to stage a tournament of this level during a global pandemic. Health wise, some overseas players have admitted being more safe inside an IPL bio-bubble than the outside world.
“I think cricket, can still bring joy to a lot of people” 💙
Head coach @RickyPonting spoke about the current situation outside the bubble 🤝🏽
— Delhi Capitals (Stay Home. Wear Double Masks😷) (@DelhiCapitals) April 28, 2021
How many players have left Indian Premier League 2021 bio-bubble?
While three Australian players such as Josh Philippe, Mitchell Marsh and Josh Hazlewood had made themselves unavailable before the start of the tournament, as many as five players have pulled out midway to be with their respective families during these concerning times.
With four out of these five players being overseas names, a major concern for them was a potential restriction on flights to their respective countries due to an alarming health crisis in India.
England and Rajasthan Royals batsman Liam Livingstone, who was yet to get a match in IPL 2021, was the first one to travel back to England to not get affected by any travel-related restriction.
Livingstone was followed by the Australian trio of Andrew Tye (Rajasthan Royals), Adam Zampa (Royal Challengers Bangalore) and Kane Richardson (Royal Challengers Bangalore) as all three of them opted to return to their country days before a travel ban was imposed. Out of these three, only Richardson had played a match this season.
The solitary Indian player to take a break from IPL 2021 was Delhi Capitals spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as the 34-year old player chose to be with his family to support them in their fight against COVID-19.