Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan and Chris Woakes are withdrawing from IPL for personal reasons

Jonny Bairstow (left) and Dawid Malan, along with Chris Woakes, have withdrawn from the upcoming Indian Premier League to prioritise England’s busy winter schedule. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Jonny Bairstow (left) and Dawid Malan, along with Chris Woakes, have withdrawn from the upcoming Indian Premier League to prioritise England’s busy winter schedule. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Sunrisers Hyderabad opener Jonny Bairstow, Punjab Kings batsman Dawid Malan and Delhi Capitals all-rounder Chris Woakes have withdrawn from the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) for personal reasons. The English and Indian players were supposed to fly together from Manchester to the United Arab Emirates, but the cases of Covid-19 in the visitors camp forced the IPL teams to take their own precautions.
The fifth test between India and England has also been postponed indefinitely after a junior physiotherapist tested positive for the virus before the game. Other Indian aid workers, including chief Ravi Shastri, were already in quarantine after testing positive for the virus in the oval's fourth test.

All players arriving in Dubai will now have to be quarantined for six days and that could be the reason for Bairstow and Malan's withdrawal. A BCCI official told PTI that none of the players will participate in the IPL, which resumes on September 19. The Guardian reported that Woakes is unavailable.

“They won’t be boarding the flight to UAE. One of the reasons for their pull out is the six-day quarantine which they didn’t need to do earlier,” said the official.

While Bairstow is a regular at the Sunrisers, world number T20 drummer Malan made his IPL debut with the Kings earlier this year. Bairstow had 248 points with a success rate of over 141 in seven games last season. Bairstow, Woakes and Malan are all part of the English test team in Manchester. Bubble life has taken its toll on players and with the T20 World Cup in the UAE, Bairstow and Malan will be giving more family time if they don't PL I. All three are also part of the Ashes plans, but The Down Under - is also uncertain at the moment, Australia imposes some of the world's toughest restrictions on inbound travelers during the COVID era.

Sources:- the Indian express



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