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Bairstow, Malan pull out of IPL

There are also doubts over the presence of England all-rounder Chris Woakes, who plays for Delhi Capitals in the IPL.

IMAGE: While Jonny Bairstow is a regular in the Sunrisers line-up, world number one T20 batsman Dawid Malan made his IPL debut with Punjab Kings earlier this year. Photograph: Jason McCawley/Getty Images

Sunrisers Hyderabad opener Jonny Bairstow, Punjab Kings batsman Dawid Malan and Delhi Capitals all-rounder Chris Woakes have pulled out of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) due to personal reasons.

The England and India players were supposed to fly into UAE from Manchester together in a bubble-to-bubble transfer but COVID-19 cases in the visitors’ camp forced IPL teams to make their own arrangements.

A BCCI official told PTI that both the players won’t be part of the IPL resuming September 19. UK’s The Guardian newspaper reported on Woakes’s unavailability for the tournament.

“They won’t be boarding the flight to UAE. One of the reasons for their pull out is the six-day quarantine which they didn’t need to do earlier,” said the official.

Punjab Kings named Aiden Markram as replacement for Malan.

While Bairstow is a regular in the Sunrisers line-up, world number one T20 batsman Malan made his IPL debut with Kings earlier this year.

“Malan will be taking some time off to be with his family ahead of the #T20WorldCup and Ashes,” tweeted Punjab Kings.

Bairstow had made 248 runs at strike rate of 141 plus in seven games earlier this season.

Both Bairstow and Malan were part of England’s Test squad in Manchester.

The fifth Test between India and England was also postponed indefinitely after a junior physio tested positive for the virus ahead of the game.

Other members of India’s support staff, including head coach Ravi Shastri, were already in quarantine after they had tested positive for the virus during the fourth Test at the Oval.

All players arriving in Dubai now have to do a six-day quarantine and that could be the reason behind Bairstow and Malan pulling out of the IPL.

Bubble life has taken a toll on players and with the T20 World Cup to follow in UAE, not playing the IPL would allow more family time for the England players.

Both are also part of England’s Ashes plans but the tour Down Under is also currently in doubt with Australia imposing some of the harshest restrictions in the world on incoming travellers due to the pandemic.


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