IPL 2021 is under threat, with players now leaving umpire tournaments

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New Delhi: India’s top umpire Nitin Menon and Australian umpire Paul Rafael withdrew from the Indian Premier League (IPL) for personal reasons. It is learned that umpire Nitin Menon’s wife and mother living in Indore have been found positive for Kovid-19 and hence they have decided to opt out of the IPL’s Bio Secure Environment.

Menon’s wife and mother Kovid-19 positive

Menon is the only Indian in the Elite Panel of International Cricket Council (ICC) umpires. He was widely praised for his good umpiring during the recently concluded series between India and England. An official of the Cricket Board of India (BCCI) told PTI, ‘Yes, Nitin has withdrawn from the IPL, as his family members have been found infected with Kovid-19. He is not in a position to conduct matches right now.

Paul Rafael withdraws due to Australia’s travel ban

Paul Rafael decided to withdraw from the IPL due to Australia’s travel ban in view of the growing cases of Kovid-19 in India. Menon is the second Indian to withdraw from the tournament. Before him, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin decided to return home after the family members were infected.

Some players have also left IPL

Australia’s Andrew Tye, Ken Richardson and Adam Zampa left the IPL midway due to the health crisis in India. However, the BCCI has assured that the players and support staff are safe in a bio-safe environment. The BCCI may appoint new umpires from its umpire pool in place of Menon and Rafael.

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