India’s top umpires Nitin Menon (Nitin Menon) and Paul Reiffel of Australia have withdrawn from the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to personal reasons. It is learned that Menon’s wife and mother Kovid-19 positive from Indore have been found positive and hence they decided to opt out of the IPL’s Secure Bio-Bubble.
Menon is the only Indian in the elite panel of umpires of the International Cricket Council (ICC). He was well appreciated for his good umpiring during the recently concluded series between India and
An official of the Cricket Board of India (BCCI) said, ‘Yes, Nitin has withdrawn from the IPL as his family members have been found infected with Kovid-19. He is not in a position to conduct matches right now.
Rifle also decided to return to Australia
Rifle decided to withdraw from the IPL due to Australia’s travel ban in view of growing cases of Kovid-19 in India.
The first players also moved
Menon is the second Indian to withdraw from the tournament. Before him, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin decided to return home after family members were infected. Australia’s Andrew Tye, Ken Richardson and Adam Jampa left the IPL midway due to the health crisis in India.
The BCCI, however, has assured that the players and support staff are safe in a bio-safe environment. The BCCI may appoint new umpires from its umpire pool in place of Menon and Rifle.