English cricket stars Jonny Bairstow, David Malan and Chris Woakes have pulled out of the second leg of the Indian Premier League 2021, which is scheduled to be held in UAE from September 19, reports said. The reasons for their withdrawal is yet to be declared.
Earlier, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes had also pulled out from the IPL 2021 remainder. Buttler opted out due the birth of his second child while all-rounder Stokes is on an indefinite break from the game for his mental health. Pace bowler Jofra Archer is also set to miss the remaining IPL because of a injury.
The players for IPL are leaving early because of the cancellation of the fifth Test match between India and England. Head coach Ravi Shastri along with the other support staff members are in isolation in England after testing postive for Covid-19.
The second leg of the IPL is set to be begin from September 19 with the arch-rivals Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings clashing together. All the teams are already in UAE, while those players who were in England to play Test cricket will have to undergo six days of quarantine as per Covid-19 guidelines and that could be the reason for the withdrawal of Bairstow and Malan. But that is again speculation.
After the withdrawal of Bairstow, David Warner is likely to be back as the opener for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Warner is one of the most successful players of the IPL, having played 148 matches and smashing 5447 runs with four centuries.
English all-rounders Moeen Ali and Sam Curran are likely to available for their franchise Chennai Super Kings while English captain Eoin Morgan had made himself available for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) a month ago.
Bubble rules have disturbed players a lot in recent times. Players who are not going to take part in the second leg of IPL 2021 in UAE will have enough time to spend time with their families ahead of the T20 World Cup which begins in October.