Australian umpire Paul Riffel decided to withdraw from IPL 2021 a few days ago citing personal reasons. But due to travel restrictions, he could not return to his country. Now the rifle will return to Australia after the end of IPL.
New Delhi. Australian umpire Paul Riffel decided to withdraw from IPL 2021 a few days ago citing personal reasons. But he could not return to his country from India. According to Australian media reports, Rifle will now umpire in the remaining matches of the IPL and will return to his country only after the tournament is over. Along with the rifle, Indian umpire Nitin Menon also decided to withdraw from the tournament. Menon’s mother and wife Corona were hospitalized after becoming infected. Menon has left the tournament to take care of them and return to his home in Indore.
Rifle told the Sydney Morning Herald from his hotel in Ahmedabad that he had packed his luggage and that his flight ticket from Doha to Sydney was also booked. But only then I came to know that I cannot go. I tried hard to get out of India. But I could not catch my flight from Doha. I know that some people had returned home by this route. But it was closed before I left. So I had to stay here
Included in the elite panel of rifle umpires
Former Australian fast bowler Rifle is currently a member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) umpire’s elite panel and is currently umpiring in the IPL. The rifle had said on Thursday that I was about to leave the IPL bio-bubble within 10 minutes. But then I came to know that I will not be able to return to Australia via Doha due to travel restrictions. Explain that the Australian government has banned all types of flights coming from India till 15 May.
Had the rifle left the bio-bubble before finding out about the changes in his travel plans, he would have been stuck in the middle. Then he would have to remain in isolation for a few days under the protocol before umpiring the remaining matches of the IPL.
Three Australian players left the IPL.
Three players from Australia, Adam Jampa (RCB), Kane Richardson (RCB), and Andrew Tye (RR), who were participating in IPL 2021, withdrew from the tournament. Apart from these, Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also withdrew from the IPL after the family members got corona infected.