Ravichandran Ashwin withdraws from IPL to support family over COVID-19
Ravichandran Ashwin withdrew from the Indian Premier League on Sunday to support his family during the COVID-19 pandemic, dealing a significant blow to the glitzy tournament which is taking place despite the country battling rising death rates.
Ashwin, 34, a key Test and ODI player, said he would be taking a break from playing in the lucrative T20 franchise tournament with the Delhi Capitals team.
“My family and extended family are putting up a fight against #COVID19 and I want to support them during these tough times,” Ashwin tweeted.
“I expect to return to play if things go in the right direction. Thank you @DelhiCapitals.”
Ashwin’s decision is a major blow for the money-spinning event which is being held behind closed doors and runs until May 30.
On Sunday, a leading Indian newspaper group suspended coverage of the IPL, calling the tournament “commercialism gone crass” and “incongruous” as the record-breaking pandemic surge grips the country.
Express Publications said in a front-page editorial of its flagship English-language daily, the New Indian Express, that the paper was halting reporting on the Twenty20 event until a “semblance of normalcy is restored”.
Delhi said they supported the decision taken by Ashwin.
“Extending our full support to you in these difficult times, @ashwinravi99 Sending you and your family all the strength and prayers from all of us at Delhi Capitals,” the team tweeted.
Ashwin has played 77 Tests in a 10-year international career as well as 111 ODIs and 46 T20 Internationals.
He has 409 Test wickets, one of just 16 bowlers in history to break the 400-mark. Ashwin’s Twitter account has over 10 million followers. His profile page contains the plea: “Stay home stay safe! Take your vaccine.”
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Several Australian cricketers are looking to leave the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to fears that they will be locked of their country following rising Covid-19 cases in India.
Four players leave the IPL as the COVID-19 pandemic worsens in India
Ravichandran Ashwin, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and Andrew Tye have all withdrawn from the IPL as the number of COVID-19 cases in India rise. After 20 games split between Mumbai and Chennai, the league has moved to Ahmadabad and Delhi for the middle part of the season.
Like every other traveller flying into Australia during the pandemic, on arrival Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson will spend two weeks alone quarantined in a hotel room, undergoing numerous Covid-19 tests, before being allowed back into the community. #IPL2021
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Adam Zampa & Kane Richardson are returning to Australia for personal reasons and will be unavailable for the remainder of #IPL2021. Royal Challengers Bangalore management respects their decision and offers them complete support.
Stay home stay safe! Take your vaccine
I would be taking a break from this years IPL from tomorrow. My family and extended family are putting up a fight against #COVID19 and I want to support them during these tough times. I expect to return to play if things go in the right direction. Thank you @DelhiCapitals
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