The Australian duo of Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson who are a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have pulled out of IPL 2021. They have cited ‘personal reasons’ behind the decision. The franchise took to its social media handles today to announce the news, stating that they would be returning to Australia, while stating that they would offer them complete support.
The news comes just a day after there were two players who pulled out in Rajasthan Royals (RR) pacer Andrew Tye of Australia and Delhi Capitals’ (DC) Ravichandran Ashwin. The uncertain nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the grave situation in India and around the world has been stated to be the reason by both Tye and Ashwin.
Royal Challengers Bangalore announce news on Twitter
RCB took to Twitter today to announce the news of the Aussie duo’s withdrawal. They wrote, “Adam Zampa & Kane Richardson are returning to Australia for personal reasons and will be unavailable for the remainder of IPL season. Royal Challengers Bangalore offers complete support to them in all the possible way we can.”
While Kane Richardson played one match for the side this year when he played in RCB’s win over Rajasthan Royals, Zampa did not feature. In fact, the leggie had arrived late to the camp after getting married in Australia.
DC head coach Ricky Ponting had spoken yesterday about such withdrawals and said, “It is really important, we are thinking about the extended family, not just us, but we’ve got to be talking about what’s happening outside because it is quite grim.”
Despite the grim situation, the BCCI has made it clear that the IPL will go on as scheduled.