Umpire Nitin Menon pulls out of IPL 2021
ICC elite panel referee Nitin Menon has reportedly withdrawn from the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and is no longer expected to participate in the T20 extravagance. The news comes on the backs of a host of players leaving the competition halfway through for personal reasons.
following Ravichandran Ashwin, Adam zampa, Kane richardson, Andrew Tye and Liam Livingstone, there is another individual who will no longer participate in the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League as reports emerged that referee Nitin Menon pulled out of the T20 extravagance for personal reasons. Menon officiated in the early stages of the tournament, but it is believed that the Elite Panel referee decided to leave the competition halfway.
A report from the PTI revealed that Arbitrator Menon chose to withdraw from the IPL 2021 after two members of his family tested positive for Covid-19.
“Yes, Nitin is gone because his immediate family members have COVID-19 and he is currently not in the mood to run games,” he said. BCCI official said PTI.
Meanwhile, another official, Paul Reiffel, nearly left India – and the IPL bio-bubble – but had to cancel his plans due to Australia’s imposition of a travel ban. Reiffel is now expected to officiate the rest of the competition, but the 55-year-old Australian told smh.com.au he was essentially 10 minutes away from the release of the bio-bubble of IPL, which would have left him in an extremely precarious situation. position.
“I tried, but the flight through Doha I couldn’t get through as an Australian,” Reiffel told smh.com.au.
“I was 10 minutes away from leaving the bubble so I’m very lucky,” said Reiffel.
India recorded a worrying number of Covid cases of 3.79 lakh on Wednesday. But despite the continued surge in Covid-19 cases, the BCCI has confirmed that the IPL will not be affected and will continue as planned.