IPL 2021: Reports of Australian players leaving are false, says Cricket Australia

There were reports earlier today that David Warner and Steve Smith might also leave the IPL.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has come under a cloud of doubt due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country. As many as 3 lakh and more cases are being reported each day, leading to several problems including the shortage of oxygen, meaning that the situation in the country is extremely dire. This has led to the entire international sphere look at India with concern.

The IPL is the only major sporting tournament which is taking place at the moment in India. At this juncture, a plethora of overseas players have already left the tournament due to concerns over the uncertain situation. The likes of Kane Richardson, AJ Tye and Adam Zampa have already left while Ravichandran Ashwin also said he’d take a break. Further, there were reports in the morning from the Australian media that David Warner and Steve Smith would also leave.

‘Players want to stay till the end’ – CA

David Warner
David Warner celebrates a wicket

According to Cricket Australia sources from ANI, the reports of other Australian players leaving the tournament have been confirmed to be false. “The players are intending to remain until the end of the tournament unless something changes dramatically. The media reports citing otherwise are incorrect,” the source reportedly said. Further, this source has been confirmed to be reliable by ANI.

This would mean that the likes of Warner and Smith would continue to play in the tournament and the coaching staff like Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey and David Hussey would also remain, as will the commentators like Brett Lee and Michael Slater.

The IPL continues today with a match between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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