Within a matter of a few days before the start of 2020 IPL edition, a handful of players have opted out of the tournament. It all began with Suresh Raina, who cited personal reasons as the justification behind pulling out. Five other cricketers from different franchises fell behind him to do the same. It has indeed come at a delicate time for them.
It is worth noting that a few days ago, Chennai Super Kings’ camp fell prey to the ongoing pandemic, amongst which two Indian players were there too. Hence, that might have given certain cricketers insecurities about the bio-secure bubble. Therefore, they decided to opt out of the competition and spend time with their families.
We take a look at six cricketers who voluntarily pulled out of IPL 2020 and their replacements:
Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who plays for Chennai Super Kings, decided to opt out of 2020 IPL, owing to personal reasons. Harbhajan Singh notified the team management on Friday, who respected his decision to do the same. The 40-year old took to his official Twitter account and informed the same.
“I will not be playing IPL this year due to personal reasons. These are difficult times and I would expect some privacy as I spend time with my family. CSK management has been extremely supportive and I wish them a great IPL Stay safe and Jai Hind,” the 103-Test veteran tweeted.
The three-time champions are yet to announce his replacement.