IPL 2021 continues to be organized among the coronavirus cases in the country. There have been 23 matches played so far this season of the league and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is hoping to complete the season successfully. However, in the meantime, some foreign players have left the season midway due to Coronavirus and personal reasons and have returned to their respective countries. (Nitin Menon and Paul Reiffel)
Now two major Umpires of the tournament Nitin Menon and Paul Reiffel have also withdrawn from the tournament due to personal reasons. This is the first time that a match official has been removed from the middle season like this. According to a report, the BCCI had already kept many domestic umpires as reserves and these would be the umpiring for the rest of the matches of the tournament.
In the last week, the players of Australia and England had decided to leave the tournament and go back. Liam Livingston (Rajasthan Royals) of England and Adam Jampa of Australia, Kane Richardson (both RCB), and Andrew Tye (Rajasthan Royals) left the tournament midway due to coronavirus and bio-bubble fatigue. At the same time, veteran Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin decided to withdraw from the tournament after the family had a case of corona infection.
Menon’s mother and wife infected
According to the report of Indian Express, now the tournament’s leading Indian umpire Nitin Menon has also withdrawn from this season. According to the information, Menon’s mother and wife have become infected with Corona and in such a situation, he has returned to his home in Indore to take care of his family. On the other hand, the Australian umpire Rifle left the tournament a few days back due to the Australian government’s decision to cancel the flight. Both of them are members of the ICC’s Elite Umpire Panel.
According to the report, the BCCI hoped that the Australian umpire Rod Tucker would reach India to be a part of the tournament, but now he too has refused to come out citing personal reasons.
The domestic umpire will play the responsibility
The report quoted a BCCI official as saying, ‘Nitin’s mother and wife have been found corona positive and have to take care of their young child, due to which he has returned, while Rifle told the BCCI that he is afraid That he would not be able to return to the country due to the Australian Government’s decision to cancel the flight. The BCCI already has a lot of domestic umpires posted as back-ups, who will be umpiring in Menon and rifle matches.