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We feel very safe inside IPL bio-bubble: Quinton de Kock

April 30, 2021

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Mumbai Indians' wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock stated that he feels very safe living in the bio bubble in India during IPL 2021. Quinton de Kock's opinion about the IPL bio bubble differs a lot from Australian spinner Adam Zampa. Zampa had earlier called the IPL 2021 bubble as vulnerable. Andrew Tye, Ravichandran Ashwin, Adam Zampa, and Kane Richardson are some of the players that have recently pulled out of the tournament. Now a report has surfaced that Steve Smith and David Warner could also fly back home relatively soon.

Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa both were playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Andrew Tye was a part of the Rajasthan Royals team. With these three Australian players withdrawing, the IPL 2021 now has 14 Aussie players left. Cricket Australia contacted all Australia's IPL bound players on Monday. The officials inquired about the players' health and their travel plans.

Umpires Nitin Menon and Paul Reiffel have opted out of the IPL

A few days back, Rajasthan Royal's all-rounder Liam Livingstone has opted out of the Indian Premier League due to bubble fatigue. The English cricketer has already headed back home. The 27-year-old did not feature in any of the three games Rajasthan played in IPL 2021. After the departure of star all-rounder Ben Stokes, Livingstone had the chance of replacing his teammate in the playing XI. However, the right-handed batsman opted to withdraw from the tournament and head back home.

Umpires Nitin Menon and Paul Reiffel have also opted out of the Indian Premier League. Menon has left because his wife and mother reportedly tested positive for Covid. On the other hand, Reiffel returned home due to anxiety as the Australian government is not allowing flights from India. Quinton de Kock stated that he has no such plans of leaving the tournament. The wicket-keeper stated that he has complete faith in the bio-bubble and the doctors that are looking after the cricketers.

Earlier, Nathan Coulter-Nile had also said that he is confident that his departure logistics will be sorted out, considering there are many other cricketers from Australia and New Zealand in the tournament. The pacer also placed his faith in the testing protocols by IPL's authorities. He indicated that the players, staff, and all the workers go through the medical examinations thrice a day. The Western Australian also reckoned that the bubble measures are pretty secure and not more one could do.

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