Australia and Royal Challengers Bangalore Adam Zampa is one of the few players to leave IPL 2021 held in India, citing COVID-19 concerns. Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson went out of the RCB bio-bubble on the 25th of April for Australia, fearing for their health. The South Australian felt that India was most vulnerable to stay in and that the tournament should have taken place in the UAE.
Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, and Andrew Tye are amongst the Australian players to exit IPL 2021, citing health concerns due to the grim situation posed by the COVID-19 outbreak in India. The sub-continent nation’s situation indeed remains a grave concern since it has recorded over 300000 cases every day, with fatalities rising alarmingly too. The government has been doing their best to bring the situation in control.
Adam Zampa conceded that they had continuously received notification about maintaining the best hygiene practices, citing the environment as vulnerable. The wrist-spinner revealed that the season held in the UAE last year did not feel that way at all. While Zampa understands that hosting the competition in the UAE involved plenty of political issues, he thinks that BCCI should have done it.
“I just feel like because it’s India, we’re always being told about the hygiene over here and being extra careful … I just felt like it was the most vulnerable. The IPL that was held in Dubai six months ago didn’t feel that way at all. I felt like that was extremely safe. Personally, I feel like that would have been a better option originally for this IPL but obviously, there’s a lot of political stuff that goes into it,” Zampa told The Age and Herald.
Obviously the COVID situation over here is pretty dire: Adam Zampa
Adam Zampa, who is reportedly currently stuck in Mumbai due to the Australian government banning direct flights from India, revealed that the situation is dire. Even though the 28-year old did not play any match in IPL 2021, he could not find the motivation to go for it. The limited-overs specialist admitted that there is also a T20 World Cup to be staged later this year in India, ahead of which lies several discussions.
“Obviously there’s the T20 World Cup that’s meant to be happening here later this year. That’s probably going to be the next discussion in the cricket world. Six months is a long time. Obviously the COVID situation over here is pretty dire. I just felt, rocking up to training and stuff, obviously, I wasn’t playing in the team as well, I was going to training and I wasn’t finding the motivation,” he added.