Chennai: India off-spinner R Ashwin, who is representing Delhi Capitals (DC), has taken a break from the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) since he wants to be with his family during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It appears that certain member(s) of his family have contracted Covid-19. "I would be taking a break from this year's IPL from tomorrow. My family and extended family are putting up a fight against #COVID19 and I want to support them during these tough times," he tweeted after Delhi Capitals defeated SunRisers Hyderabad in the Super Over at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday night.
He, however, said that he hopes to return if things go in the right direction. "I expect to return to play if things go in the right direction. Thank you @DelhiCapitals," he added in the tweet.
The 34-year-old has played five matches and picked one wicket this season at an average of 147. He has an economy rate of 7.73. During the last IPL, he had picked 13 wickets in 15 matches. The club also announced the update on their official Twitter handle.
Ashwin was the player of the series during the recent Test series against England. According to the rules during the ongoing pandemic, if a player leaves bio-bubble once then he has to undergo quarantine if he wishes to join again. It means that if Ashwin wants to rejoin Delhi Capitals, he will have to undergo quarantine again.
ANDREW TYE RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA
Rajasthan Royals fast bowler Andrew Tye has flown back home to Australia due to personal reasons, the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise said on Sunday. Tye is the third overseas player for RR to be ruled out for the season. "AJ Tye flew back to Australia earlier today due to personal reasons. We will continue to offer any support he may need. #RoyalsFamily," said RR in a tweet on Sunday.
Tye, who had won the Purple Cap in 2018, hadn't featured in any of RR's games so far and played just one match last season. He ended up conceding 50 runs in four overs.
(With inputs from IANS)