IPL 2021: After players, 1 Australian commentator pulls out of IPL, Zampa & Richardson still stuck in Mumbai

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IPL 2021: Things got grimmer for BCCI and Star Sports as after players an Australian commentator has expressed his desire to withdraw from the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) amid rising in positive Covid-19 cases. Currently, there are five Australian commentators who part of the ongoing season. While Brett Lee and Shane Watson are part of the IPL Dugout team, Michael Slater, Mathew Hayden and Mel Jones are part of the World Feed team.

IPL 2021: Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson stuck in India

Royal Challengers Bangalore players Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson are stuck in India and are awaiting orders from Cricket Australia for the plan of action. The duo had left the bio-secure bubble, following their withdrawal from RCB squad for “personal reasons”.

According to a report by CricBuzz, Cricket Australia are in talks with the Australian government to try and bring the pair home. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday had suspended all the flight from India to minimise the risk of new virulent of Covi-19 entering the country.ALSO READ| IPL 2021: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly says no change in plan, ‘IPL to go on as scheduled’

If the government denies permission, both Zampa and Richardson will not be able to return home before May 15, when the temporary travel ban ends. They are currently in Mumbai.

However, a CA spokesperson confirmed to CricBuzz that the cricket board is waiting to hear from the government whether the RCB pair can return home or not.

They’re currently working with the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) and DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) to see if a way could be found for the duo to get home before May 15.

If the permission is granted, Zampa and Richardson will fly to Doha and use the same route used by fellow Aussie, Andrew Tye had taken to enter Down Under.

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We are trying to see if the government does give us the go ahead to bring the players back. If we get the nod, it’s all pretty straightforward. But if not, we’ll be working with the ACA and BCCI to make sure they’re in a secure environment,” the spokesperson said, quoted CricBuzz.

Those who were very unsure about going had opted out even before the tournament began. We’ve now seen some of them withdraw in the last few days. We are constantly in touch with all the players, support staff members and commentators there as well as the ACA and as far as now, they are keen on seeing the tournament out,” the spokesperson added.

IPL 2021: BCCI admits some players worried to continue

With the second COVID-19 wave rampant across the country, BCCI had finally admitted that some of the players are worried & are reluctant to continue. “As the situation is, some foreign players were worried to continue, especially in regard to their return travel in these conditions, we have assured them we will take the responsibility of the same”, said one of the top BCCI official to InsideSport.co

To pacify the situation, IPL COO, Hemang Amin, gave a shout out to worried foreign cricketers.