Royal Challengers Bangalore leg-spinner Adam Zampa, who pulled out of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 because of “personal reasons” has revealed the reason behind his decision. Zampa said that India’s bio-bubble was "most vulnerable" as compared to bio-bubble in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where the 13th edition of the tournament had happened last year, which was "extremely safe." He added that there were better standards of hygiene in the UAE leg of the competition.
Zampa one of the three Aussies to pull out of IPL 2021
Zampa is one of the three Australian cricketers to pull out of the IPL along with his fellow RCB pacer Kane Richardson and Rajasthan Royals seamer Andrew Tye. Australia, on Tuesday, suspended direct flights from India until May 15 to prevent more COVID-19 strains from entering the country. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said that cricketers will not be allowed to jump the queue for repatriation flights when they resume. Many Australians still remain in India as players, coaches, commentators and umpires who are plying their trade in the ongoing IPL.
Didn't feature in single IPL game this season
Notably, Adam Zampa did not feature in a single game this season for Royal Challengers Bangalore after being bought for Rs. 1.5 crore. He said there is the T20 World Cup set to happen later in India which will probably be the next big discussion in the cricketing world. Meanwhile, ICC has identified UAE and Sri Lanka as backup venues for the T20 World Cup keeping in mind the COVID-19 situation in India even as the BCCI is mulling a caravan format like the IPL for the World T20 event.