After Ravichandran Ashwin became the first Indian player to take a break from the ongoing IPL 2021, Manu Nayyar, a match referee, has left the IPL bio-bubble in haste after the news of his mother’s death.
He was the match referee in the match between the Delhi Capitals and the Royal Challengers Bangalore, which Virat Kohli’s side won by 1 run, on Tuesday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Manu Nayyar, a former Delhi batsman, officiated in the Mumbai leg of IPL matches before being assigned for the Ahmedabad leg; he has now has reached his home in Delhi and linked up with his family on Thursday. The cause of the death of Nayyar’s mother could not be confirmed.
An IPL source close to the match referee had said, “It happened last night as she didn’t wake up in the morning. Manu left the bubble and is in Delhi today. We are not sure if he will join the bubble again.”
Nitin Menon pulls out of the IPL; Paul Reiffel to continue to officiate after flight to Australia got cancelled
Earlier Senior Indian umpire, Nitin Menon has pulled out of the remainder of the IPL for personal reasons. It is reported that members of his family had tested positive for the covid-19, and hence, Menon had returned to his hometown in Indore.
Menon, the only Indian umpire on ICC’s Elite Panel, officiated in 6 IPL 2021 games in Chennai and flew to Delhi where he was scheduled for 4 matches, but was absent on the April 28 encounter between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad as he had already flown to Indore on Tuesday.
Australian umpire Paul Reiffel was also set to return back home his plans got cancelled after the travel restrictions on his connecting flight to Doha.
“I tried to, but the flight through Doha, I wasn’t able to go through as an Australian. They shut the avenue off. I know a couple of the guys got back that way through there, but the avenue was closed so I had to stay.
“Yesterday I was booked to go, but it got cancelled. I thought I’d take the opportunity when I could, because you don’t know what’s going to happen later on,” Paul Reiffel told Sydney Morning Herald and the The Age.
He had decided to fly back to Australia in view of the Australian government’s updated travel restrictions and the stricter quarantine requirements for people coming in from India in view of the covid outburst in India.
While Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, and Kane Richardson had managed to reach their homes, Reiffel couldn’t and now he will continue to officiate for the rest of the tournament.