While a few Australian players have voluntarily withdrawn from the ongoing edition of IPL, England Cricket Board (ECB) have no plans of calling their players back. A few Australian players returning home are likely due to the grim situation in India, which is battling COVID-19’s second wave. Nevertheless, the current crop of England players involved have no ideas despite the threat posed by the virus.
On Monday, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s official Twitter handle announced that Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa. have left for Australia for personal reasons. Before that, Rajasthan Royals’ Andrew Tye and Liam Livingstone departed for Australia and England, respectively too. After Delhi Capitals’ win over SunRisers Hyderabad on Sunday, spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also left the bubble and wanted to be with family for the fight against COVID-19.
While Livingstone voluntarily left the lucrative competition, Ben Stokes tenure ended after Rajasthan’s first match as he sustained a finger injury. Jofra Archer could not participate in the tournament as he underwent surgery on his right middle finger. It has left the likes of Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, and Sam Billings involved.
Our thoughts are with the people of India during these difficult times: England Cricket Board
A spokesperson of the England Cricket Board said that while there are no plans to revoke their participation, they are monitoring and working with the players. They are offering advice to those who seek and their thoughts along with best wishes go to India amid the crisis.
“We continue to monitor and work with the players on an individual basis. We are offering advice daily to those that seek it. Our thoughts are with the people of India during these difficult times,” an ECB spokesperson told PA.