IPL 2021: Adam Zampa discloses the reason why he pulled out of the cash-rich league
The coronavirus pandemic disrupted the sporting calendar of various events all across the globe last year. The first wave proved to be dangerous and the lockdown was imposed in various countries. The cash-rich Indian Premier League was postponed for an indefinite period of time.
However, after months progressed, the BCCI pulled off a masterstroke by hosting the cash-rich IPL in the United Arab Emirates. The entire tournament was played behind closed doors and no fan was allowed to enter inside the stadium. The lucrative IPL was played in a bio-secure environment and the players were safe as well.
After the tournament came to a close, the 14th edition of the IPL kick-started in April this month in India. Meanwhile, the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic started spreading all across the country. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India President Sourav Ganguly made it very clear that the tournament would proceed as per the schedule.
Meanwhile, a number of overseas players have decided to pull out midway through the tournament citing bio-bubble fatigue. The likes of 3 Australian players and 1 England player opted out of the competition citing the same reason. Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson from Australia and Liam Livingstone from England are the ones who will no longer take part in the tournament.
Why did Adam Zampa decide to opt out of IPL 2021?
While Tye and Livingstone safely reached their respective countries without any fuss, there seem to be complications for Australian bowling duo - Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson. Zampa and Richardson announced their decision to leave India this past weekend. But there is some issue with Australia’s policy of accepting direct travellers from India and this is why it delayed their journey.
Both are set to jet off home next Tuesday with a stop-over flight at Doha. Over on a recent chat with Sydney Morning Herald (SMH), Zampa revealed the reason behind leaving the tournament midway through the season. He said that he felt vulnerable in the Indian bio-bubble system.
“We’ve been in a few (bubbles) now, and I feel like this is probably the most vulnerable. I just feel like because it’s India, there’s a lot of focus on hygiene and being extra careful. I just felt like it was the most vulnerable,” Zampa told SMH.
“The IPL 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 too. But obviously, there’s a lot of political stuff that goes into it.”