Sunrisers Hyderabad opener Jonny Bairstow and Punjab Kings batsman Dawid Malan have withdrawn from the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) for personal reasons.
England and India players were supposed to travel to the United Arab Emirates from Manchester together in a bubble-to-bubble transfer, but cases of COVID-19 in the visitors’ camp have forced IPL teams to make their own arrangements.
The fifth test between India and England has also been postponed indefinitely after a junior physio tested positive for the virus before the game.
Other Indian support staff, including Chief Ravi Shastri, were already in quarantine after testing positive for the virus in the fourth test at the Oval.
All players arriving in Dubai are now required to complete a six-day quarantine and that could be the reason for Bairstow and Malan’s withdrawal.
A BCCI official told PTI that the two players will not be part of the IPL which resumes on September 19.
“They will not be boarding the flight to the United Arab Emirates. One of the reasons for their withdrawal is the six-day quarantine they did not need to do earlier,” the official said.
While Bairstow is a regular at the Sunrisers roster, world number one drummer T20 Malan made his IPL debut with the Kings earlier this year.
Bairstow had 248 points with a strike rate of over 141 in seven games earlier this season.
Bairstow and Malan were both part of the England test squad in Manchester.
There are also doubts about the presence of English all-rounder Chris Woakes in the IPL. He plays for the Delhi Capitals.
Bubble life has taken its toll on the players and with the T20 World Cup to follow in the United Arab Emirates, not playing IPL would allow Bairstow and Malan to spend more time with the family.
The two are also part of England’s Ashes plans, but the Down Under tour is also currently in doubt, with Australia imposing some of the world’s toughest restrictions on inbound travelers during the COVID era.
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