Australia and Rajasthan Royals (RR) all-rounder Andrew Tye became the latest player to cut short his Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) stint and return back home as COVID-19 cases rage on in India. India has recorded more than 300,000 cases daily for the last 3-4 days and this has led to panic setting in the IPL as well as multiple players decided to go back home for safety.
Liam Livingstone, Tye’s RR teammate was the first to fly back to the UK citing bio-bubble fatigue. They were later joined by Royal Challengers Bangalore duo of Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa, who also cited the same personal reasons to opt-out of the ongoing IPL 2021 tournament. Kane Richardson had also opted out of IPL 2020 when it was shifted to the UAE due to COVID-19 concerns in India.
Even India’s Ravichandran Ashwin has decided to end his IPL 2021 stint and join his family in supporting them in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Lot Of Guys Have Been In Touch Today Once They Realised I Was Leaving: Andrew Tye
The Rajasthan Royals announced on Sunday that Andrew Tye has flown back to Australia due to personal reasons. The franchise echoed their support for Tye but stopped short of giving a reason for his sudden leaving.
The 34-year-old spoke to SEN Radio from Doha, from where Andrew Tye transited to Sydney, and admitted numerous factors played a role in his exit, the main one was the rise in cases being observed in Australia from India.
“There was a number of reasons, 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. Now there’s been a community case in Perth governments are trying to restrict numbers coming back in, especially in Western Australia.
There are definitely concerns (from the Australians). A lot of guys have been in touch today once they realised I was leaving. Some of the guys are very interested in what route I took home and other guys are just happy to make sure I’m okay. Not sure if I’ll be the only one,” explained Tye.
The Australian government has taken measures to contain cases coming from India and has reduced flights from India by 30%, with more restrictions expected to be announced soon.
It’s Been A Long Time In Bubbles And Hubs: Andrew Tye
Andrew Tye also admitted that while COVID-19 concerns were the main reason behind his departure, the Australian agreed bubble fatigue played a role too.
“I just thought to try and get on the front foot and get home before I got locked out of the country. It’s been a long time in bubbles and hubs – doing the calculations earlier, I think I’ve had 11 days at home out of the bubble since August, so for me, I just wanted to get home,” Tye said.
“They are having over 300,000 cases a day and they are only the ones being reported, we know there’s probably a lot more than that number who can’t get tested. Yes, the IPL and BCCI have done an amazing job of keeping us safe but at the same time it’s tough and you also feel bad for the amount of people out there with Covid and we are still able to play cricket,” Tye conceded.
Thus far reportedly the BCCI has said that the IPL 2021 will continue as scheduled.
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