Ashwin takes IPL break as family fights COVID

Oz players Zampa, Kane & Tye return home

Chennai, Apr 26:

Senior Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has decided to take a break from the ongoing IPL, saying that his family is currently “putting up a fight against COVID-19” and he wants to support them.

The 34-year-old is competing for the Delhi Capitals this season and hopes to return to the side “if things go in the right direction”.

“I would be taking a break from this years IPL from tomorrow. My family and extended family are putting up a fight against #COVID19 and I want to support them during these tough times,” Ashwin posted on his Twitter page after DC’s game against Sunrisers Hyderabad here on Sunday night.

“I expect to return to play if things go in the right direction. Thank you @DelhiCapitals,” added the Chennai-based player.

His franchise promised full support to him in a twitter post of its own.

“Extending our full support to you in these difficult times, @ashwinravi99.

Sending you and your family all the strength and prayers from all of us at Delhi Capitals,” DC said.

In an earlier tweet, Ashwin had expressed concern about the pandemic ravaging the country right now.

“Heart breaking to see what’s happening around my country! I am not in the healthcare fraternity, but my sincere gratitude to each of them. I would also like to make an earnest appeal to every Indian to exercise caution and stay safe,” he had said.

Meanwhile, Australian bowlers Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson have decided to withdraw from the remainder of the ongoing IPL citing personal reasons, their franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore said on Monday.

A few hours before this, another Australian, Rajasthan Royals pacer Andrew Tye, left midway from the league as he feared getting “locked out” of his own country in the wake of a COVID-19 surge in India.

“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,” the franchise said in a statement.

While leg-spinner Zampa was bought for Rs. 1.5 crore, RCB spent Rs. 4 crore to buy pacer Richardson at the players’ auction. The 34-year-old Tye had not got a game with the Royals so far and his contract with the franchise was worth Rs. 1 crore.

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