Several cricketers have left IPL 2021 due to fear of coronavirus. This time two umpires – Paul Reiffel and Nitin Menon have left the franchise tournament. ICC Elite Panel umpire, Nitin Menon’s mother, and wife are Covid-19 positive. After learning the news, he returned to his home in Indore. According to Indian media, Reiffel left the IPL a few days ago and returned to Australia.
Corona infections are on the rise in India. The average number of victims per day is more than 3 lakhs. In the last few days, the daily death toll has been over 3,000. In this situation, Australia has stopped aerial navigation with India till May 15. Former Australian fast bowler and current ICC elite panel umpire Reiffel has returned home after anticipating danger, Indian media reported.
“Nitin has a small child,” a BCCI official told the media. His mother and wife are Covid-19 positive. Reiffel expressed his fears to the BCCI that he might not return to his country if the Australian government cuts off air links earlier. The BCCI has local umpires as substitutes. They will conduct the matches according to the schedule of Reiffel and Nitin. Recently, Nitin Menon has been praised well by all because of his umpiring. The umpire, who was named to the ICC Elite Panel last year, made his debut in the England-India series.
Australian cricketers like Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, and Kane Richardson have already left the IPL out of fear that they will not be able to return to the country if aerial navigation with India is cut off. England cricketer Liam Livingstone has left the IPL after failing to survive in a bio-bubble environment. India’s bowling all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin has left this year’s IPL to stay with his family.
Reiffel and Nitin Menon left the tournament midway through the IPL as the first two match officials. The BCCI was waiting to get another Australian umpire Rod Tucker in the IPL. But Tucker said he could not come to the subcontinent for personal reasons. Earlier, BCCI’s interim chief executive Hemang Amin said that arrangements would be made to send back the players, officials, commentators, coaching, and support staff of 8 franchise teams to their homes after the IPL.
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