The ongoing coronavirus epidemic has already caused a lot of problems to cricketers all across the world. It seems participating in a tournament is quite a task for the athletes owing to bio-bubble.
A number of players in the past preferred to withdraw from their respective contracts of the franchise cricket leagues due to bio-bubble fatigue. This is no good for the teams as they will have to find the right replacement.
It is certainly bad news for teams losing players, especially in this moment. The ongoing pandemic has indeed taken a toll on the mental facet of the players and to opt-out of the cash-rich IPL is a big headache to franchises.
The ongoing season of the IPL witnessed cracking nail-biters and thrillers. At the same time, the league also witnessed players pulling out of the IPL 2021 due to bio-bubble fatigue.
Let’s take a look at the list of 5 cricketers who preferred to pull out of the league citing ‘bio-bubble fatigue’.
5. Liam Livingstone
England international Liam Livingtone was the latest player to pull out of the IPL owing to bio-bubble fatigue. He was part of the Rajasthan Royals’ team in this season. However, he did not play the first three IPL games.
The prolific all-rounder was expected to break into the playing XI in the wake of his performances in the truncated version of the game. RR franchise will have to find a new replacement to fill the void. They already lost talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes owing to a broken finger.
4. Mark Wood
Mark Wood was quite superb in the limited-overs leg against India. Sadly, he preferred to pull out of the league at the last moment (i.e. on the mini-IPL auction day morning). The right-arm pacer was expected to be sold for a big amount this IPL in the wake of his recent shows.
Nonetheless, he said he will have to spend some quality time with his family in a bid to get his international form going on. England’s right-arm quick was part of the CSK in the past but didn’t bring the best out of him.
3. Josh Phillipe
Josh Phillipe also opted out of the ongoing edition of the IPL due to bio-bubble fatigue. The Australian wicket-keeper batsman showcased his batting prowess in the last season. He was also expected to go all guns blazing this season.
Needless to say, he pulled out before the start of the cash-rich IPL. The 23-year-old youngster scored 78 runs in 5 games in the last IPL. RCB named New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Finn Allen as Phillipe’s replacement.
2. Mitchell Marsh
Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh is another big name who pulled out of the tournament citing bio-bubble fatigue. His absence is indeed a big blow to Sunrisers Hyderabad in this season.
SRH have named England international Jason Roy as Mitchell Marsh’s replacement. Marsh who played for various teams has essayed 225 games in 21 games. Besides that, he has accounted for 20 dismissals in his IPL career.
1. Josh Hazlewood
Australian pacer who played for CSK in the last season has opted out of this season’s IPL citing bio-bubble fatigue. He played 3 games in the 2020 season where he took 1 wicket to his name.
Meanwhile, CSK have already announced a perfect replacement for the lanky pacer. CSK have recruited the services of Jason Behrendorff. He has represented MI in the 2019 season where he took 5 wickets in 5 games.