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Sport Zampa pulls out of IPL to prioritise mental health

12:15  28 april  2021
12:15  28 april  2021 Source:   skysports.com

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Adam Zampa cut his Indian Premier League season short to prioritise mental health over money, the Australia spinner said, amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in India. FILE PHOTO: Cricket - Second One Day International - England v Australia - Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester - September 13, 2020 Australia's Adam Zampa in action Pool via REUTERS/Shaun Botterill. Zampa is one of three Australian cricketers to pull out of the lucrative Twenty20 tournament which has ploughed on despite the steepening health crisis in the south Asian nation.

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Adam Zampa cut his Indian Premier League season short to prioritise mental health over money, the Australia spinner said, amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in India. FILE PHOTO: Cricket - Second One Day International - England v Australia - Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester - September 13, 2020 Australia's Adam Zampa in action Pool via REUTERS/Shaun Botterill. Zampa is one of three Australian cricketers to pull out of the lucrative Twenty20 tournament which has ploughed on despite the steepening health crisis in the south Asian nation.


a baseball player wearing a green shirt: Adam Zampa decided the extra pay was not worth the risk for his wellbeing © Associated Press Adam Zampa decided the extra pay was not worth the risk for his wellbeing

Australia spinner Adam Zampa has cut his Indian Premier League (IPL) season short to prioritise his mental health.

Zampa is one of three Australian cricketers to pull out of the lucrative T20 tournament which has continued despite the steepening coronavirus crisis in the south Asian nation.

The 29-year-old, who plays for IPL side Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), said a confluence of factors had led to his withdrawal but he ultimately decided the extra pay was not worth the risk for his wellbeing.


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Australians involved in the Indian Premier League are “anxious” about how they will get home from the tournament as the Covid-19 crisis continues in India but they are not looking for any “free rides”, the head of the Australian Cricketers’ Association has said. Three Australian players have pulled out of the IPL but two remain stranded in India following Australia’s Zampa said his decision to cut his IPL season short was about prioritising mental health over money. “I feel like for anyone leaving halfway through a tournament, it’s definitely a financial sacrifice,” the 29-year-old told Nine Network newspapers.

Adam Zampa argues the Indian Premier League should have again been held in UAE, and explained his decision to leave early was based on prioritising his mental health over financial gain. Along with paceman and teammate Kane Richardson, the star Australian leg-spinner is set to narrowly avoid being stranded after the Royal Challengers Bangalore pair joined fellow Aussie Andrew Tye in deciding to leave India amid the country’s record COVID-19 numbers, which has led the federal government to pause direct flights to Australia from India until May 15. Adam Zampa is hoping to get home and

"I feel like for anyone leaving halfway through a tournament, it's definitely a financial sacrifice," he said.

"But from my point of view I wanted to put my mental health first.

"Obviously the COVID situation over here is pretty dire. I just felt, rocking up to training and stuff, obviously, I wasn't playing in the team as well, I was going to training and I wasn't finding the motivation.

"[There were] a few other things like bubble fatigue and the chance to get home, once all the news broke about the flights and everything. I thought this was the best time to make the call."

The two other Australian cricketers who headed home were Kane Richardson, who plays for RCB, and Andrew Tye, who was with the Rajasthan Royals.

Australia on Tuesday suspended direct flights from India until at least May 15 to prevent more virulent coronavirus strains entering the country.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Australian players Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson have pulled out of the 2021 Indian Premier League amid the surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in India. Zampa and Richardson join fellow Australian Andrew Tye, who plays for Rajasthan Royals, as they decided to return home. “Adam Zampa & Kane Richardson are returning to Australia for personal reasons and will be unavailable for the remainder of # IPL 2021. Royal Challengers Bangalore management respects their decision and offers them complete support,” RCB tweeted.

Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson have joined fellow Australian Andrew Tye in ending their Indian Premier League ( IPL ) season early to return home. India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, 34, also said he is taking a break from the IPL to support his family. The news comes as India struggles with a surge in Tye, who was with Rajasthan Royals, flew to Sydney on Sunday, citing the "stress of bubble life" and concerns about borders closing in Australia. "I just thought I should try and get on the front foot and get home before I got locked out of the country," the seamer told Australian radio station SEN.

The nation's cricketers will not be allowed to jump the queue for repatriation flights when they resume, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

Dozens of Australians remain involved in the tournament as players, coaches, officials and commentators.

The regular IPL season ends on May 23, with playoffs to follow before the final on May 30.

Governing body Cricket Australia said in a statement late on Tuesday it would continue to "liaise" with the Australian government and monitor the situation.

India recorded 323,144 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and 2,771 deaths, taking the total death toll to 197,894.


'Australians in IPL anxious about getting home'

Australians involved in the IPL are "anxious" about how they will get home from the tournament.

"As you'd imagine, they're all pretty anxious," Australian Cricketers' Association chief executive Todd Greenberg told Sydney radio station 2GB.

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Zampa and Richardson have now decided to follow suit, with Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday saying they were unavailable for the rest of the IPL season and were returning to Australia for “personal reasons”. “Royal Challengers Bangalore management respects their decision and offers them India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has also pulled out of the IPL to support his family. Organisers have said they will push on with the tournament amid growing criticism. An IPL governing council member told Reuters on Sunday the league provided a “much-needed distraction from all the doom and gloom”.

IPL 2021 is currently going on in different parts of the country, the times have changed and the pandemic is increasing some of the players have left IPL 2021 -- Ravi Ashwin, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa and few others. Ravi Ashwin announced his departure from IPL 2021 for personal reasons, as he left IPL to support his family during the Covid-19 pandemic.

"They're in probably one of the biggest hotspots that we've seen since COVID so we're just trying to make sure that they're all safe and secure and they can fulfil their commitments and ... we can get them home as soon as we can."

Tye flew home over the weekend but compatriots Zampa and Richardson had been unable to exit India, Greenberg confirmed.

"They're in a difficult position so we've got to try to find out some more information this morning," he said.

a man holding a baseball bat: Batsman Chris Lynn has asked Cricket Australia to charter a plane to bring players home © Associated Press Batsman Chris Lynn has asked Cricket Australia to charter a plane to bring players home

Batsman Chris Lynn, who plays for Mumbai Indians, said this week he had asked governing body Cricket Australia (CA) to arrange a charter flight to bring players home after the IPL season ends.

Greenberg said the players union was in "conversations" with CA and authorities about that option and would also look to work with IPL club owners on players' travel arrangements.

"Our players are under no expectations for looking for specific favours... there's no free rides," he said.

"What we're trying to do is work really closely with Cricket Australia ... and with government, just trying to get all the right information so we can fill them with some confidence that they will be taken care of at the right time."

The 2021 IPL season is live on Sky Sports Cricket. Watch Chennai Super Kings face Sunrisers Hyderabad from 3pm on Wednesday, April 28.

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