IPL 2021: Players pull out as Covid-19 rages in India

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Mumbai: As India is in the grip of the second wave of Covid-19, various states are reporting an unprecedented rise in cases. India is recording over 3 lakh daily cases for the past few days and the health infrastructure is struggling to handle the rise, with shortage of oxygen and medicine even crematoriums and burial grounds have run out of their capacity.

Concerns rages on BCCI for hosting IPL, as the league is taking place despite the country battling a devastating coronavirus. The concerns are more as including the cities where the IPL matches have been scheduled for IPL 2021 is getting worse by the day.

 Even as the IPL continues to played in bio-secure bubbles without any crowds, the outbreak has affected to a spate both Indian and overseas players opting to pull out of the ongoing season.  Australian cricketer and Kolkata Knight Riders mentor David Hussey, who is currently in India for the IPL 2021,  has admitted that there are a few of his countrymen in the competition who are a bit nervous around the prospect of going back to their nation.

“Everyone is sort of a bit nervous about whether they can get can get back into Australia. I dare say there will be a few other Australians a bit nervous about getting back into Australia,” Hussey was quoted as saying to ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.

Hussey’s comment came Rajasthan Royals Andrew Tye decided to leave the IPL and go back home citing personal reasons. RCB players Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson also have taken the same decision. Earlier, Delhi Capital’s star spinner R Ashwin also withdrew from the IPL on Sunday saying that he wants to support his “family and extended family” who are putting a fight against Covid-19. He also wish to return for the side if things go in the right direction.

The former cricketer further said that all the players have been seeing the news about the rising cases of COVID-19 and how it is affecting everyone. He also said that they feel lucky that they are able to play the game and entertain people.

“It is on the radar. It’s on the news every minute of the day. You see people in hospital beds. It puts a lot of things in perspective. We actually discussed after the game last night, how lucky we are to play the game and try to entertain people around the world. Everyone’s pretty nervous about what’s going on over here, but they’re also pragmatic,” Hussey added.

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