• Australian pair leave IPL amid rising Covid-19 numbers in India

    Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson are the latest players to depart the 2021 IPL as fears over a drastic surge in Covid-19 cases in India grow.

    The Royal Challengers Bangalore confirmed that the Australian duo will take no further part in the IPL due to ‘personal reasons’.

    This comes after countryman Andrew Tye earlier withdrew from the Rajasthan Royals squad in order to get back into Australia before stricter regulations are implemented.

    ‘There was a number of reasons [for leaving], but the main one was with the situation that has started to happen back home in Perth with a lot of cases in hotel quarantine coming out of India,’ Tye told SEN radio.

    ‘Now there’s been a community case in Perth, governments are trying to restrict numbers coming back in, especially Western Australia.’

    England’s Liam Livingstone is also headed back home early after citing ‘bubble fatigue’ in the Royals camp with the IPL not even halfway completed yet.

    India has been recording record Covid-19 numbers recently with fears growing over whether the IPL will be able to continue.

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    Andre Huisamen