Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa on Tuesday said he made up our minds to quit the IPL halfway as it used to be the “most vulnerable” bio-secure bubble he has been part of and the tournament must have been held in UAE, like final year. Zampa and Kane Richardson, who were a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad, are set to fly back home later on Tuesday, having pulled out citing personal reasons. Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Zampa said he felt a lot safer in the UAE where the IPL used to be held final year. “We’ve been in a couple of (bubbles) now, and I feel like this is some of the vulnerable. I just feel like because it’s India, we’re at all times being told approximately the hygiene over here and being additional careful… I just felt adore it used to be the most vulnerable.
“The IPL that used to be held in Dubai six months ago didn’t feel that way at all. I felt like that used to be extremely secure. Personally, I feel like that would have been a better option originally for this IPL, but obviously, there’s numerous political stuff that goes into it.
“Obviously there’s the T20 World Cup that’s meant to be happening here later this year. That’s probably going to be the next discussion in the cricket world. Six months is a very long time,” said the leg-spinner.
Zampa, who did not get a game this season after being bought for Rs 1.5 crore, said numerous factors contributed to his decision to leave the IPL.
“Obviously the COVID situation over here is pretty dire. I just felt, rocking up to training and stuff, obviously, I wasn’t playing in the team as polite, I used to be going to training and I wasn’t finding the motivation.
“There were a couple of other such things as bubble fatigue and the chance to receive home, once all of the news broke approximately the flights and everything. I thought this used to be the most efficient time to make the call.”
There are contrasting views on if the IPL must continue amid the raging second COVID wave in India.
On that subject, Zampa said, “There’s numerous people coming out and saying games of cricket can be a reprieve for some people but that’s also going to be a personal answer.
“Someone who has a circle of relatives member on their death bed probably doesn’t care approximately the cricket.”
Zampa has no regrets approximately the financial loss he suffered by withdrawing from the lucrative league.
“I feel like for leaving anyone leaving midway through a tournament, it’s definitely a financial sacrifice. But from my point of view I wanted to put my mental health first.”
He also lauded fellow Australian Pat Cummins, who has donated USD 50,000 to help purchase oxygen supplies for India’s severely strained hospitals.
“Obviously actually beneficiant. I think we’re going to probably see more of it now. My thoughts go out to everyone over here. I know how dire the situation is. It’s bigger than cricket.”
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