Nitin Menon has left the IPL bio-bubble after his wife and mother tested positive for COVID-19.© BCCI/IPL
India’s top umpire Nitin Menon and his Australian counterpart Paul Reiffel has pulled out of the IPL because of personal reasons. It is learnt that Menon, a resident of Indore, has left the IPL bio-bubble after his wife and mother tested positive for COVID-19. Menon is the only Indian in the ICC elite panel of umpires and used to be recently praised for his work all the way through India’s home series against England. “Yes, Nitin has left as his instant members of the family have COVID-19 and he’s currently not in a mental state to conduct games,” a BCCI official told PTI.
In Reiffel’s case, the Australian government imposing a go back and forth ban from India in the wake of the rising COVID-19 cases led to his quick departure.
Menon is the second one Indian to pull out of the tournament after Indian off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who also went home finally his members of the family tested positive.
Three Australians Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa have left home because of the unprecedented health crisis in India.
Alternatively the BCCI is going ahead with the tournament and interim CEO Hemang Amin has assured all players and enhance staff that they remain protected in the bio-bubble.
BCCI is likely to replace Menon and Reiffel with two of its own pool of umpires.
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