New Delhi: Sunrisers Hyderabad opener Jonny Bairstow, Punjab Kings batsman Dawid Malan, and Delhi Capitals all-rounder Chris Woakes have all withdrawn from the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL).
The England and India teams were supposed to fly into the UAE together from Manchester, but COVID-19 cases in the visitors’ camp forced IPL teams to make their own arrangements. The fifth Test between India and England was also called off indefinitely after a junior physio, Yogesh Parmar, tested positive for the virus ahead of the game.
Other members of India’s support staff, including chief executive Ravi Shastri, were already quarantined after testing positive for the virus during the fourth Test at the Oval.
All players arriving in Dubai are now subject to a six-day quarantine, which could be the reason for Bairstow and Malan’s withdrawal. According to a BCCI official, Bairstow and Malan will not play in the IPL when it resumes on September 19. Woakes’ unavailability was reported in The Guardian.
“They will not be able to board the flight to the UAE. One of the reasons for their departure is the six-day quarantine, which they did not have to do previously “stated the official
While Bairstow is a regular in the Sunrisers lineup, Malan, the world’s top T20 batsman, made his IPL debut with the Kings earlier this year. His replacement has been named Aiden Markram.
“Malan will be taking some time off to be with his family ahead of the #T20WorldCup and Ashes,” tweeted Punjab Kings.
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— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) September 11, 2021
Bairstow had 248 runs scored at a strike rate of 141 or higher in seven games earlier this season. England’s Test squad in Manchester included Bairstow, Woakes, and Malan.
Bubble life has taken its toll on players, and with the T20 World Cup coming up in the UAE, not playing in the IPL would allow Bairstow, Woakes, and Malan to spend more time with their families. All three are also part of England’s Ashes plans, but the tour Down Under is currently in jeopardy, with Australia imposing some of the world’s strictest restrictions on incoming visitors in the COVID era.