R Ashwin leaves IPL 2021 to ‘support’ family amid the pandemic

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“My family and extended family are putting up a fight against #COVID19 and I want to support them during these tough times”

R Ashwin has cut short his IPL season with the Delhi Daredevils to be with family as India grapples with a particularly overwhelming second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Ashwin tweeted the news on Sunday night, following his team’s Super Over victory against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Chennai. He said he “expected to return” if the situation improved.

The Capitals, who began in Mumbai and have now finished the Chennai leg of their tournament, will fly to Ahmedabad on Monday. Ashwin resides in Chennai.

Earlier in the day, the Rajasthan Royals seamer Andrew Tye became the second player to leave the tournament for personal reasons, heading back home to Australia. Last week Tye’s Royals team-mate Liam Livingstone returned to England citing “bubble fatigue”.

It is also understood that, as of Sunday morning, at least two other Australian players have told their franchises that they have decided to go home as soon as the logistics can be worked out. This is partly down to the tightening of quarantine norms in Australia. Livingstone had returned to England just days before the UK put India on its travel red list – as things stand, inbound passengers from India are barred in the UK, apart from locals who also need to quarantine at paid facilities if returning from India.

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