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Jonny Bairstow, David Malan, Chris Woakes withdraw from UAE leg citing personal reasons

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

The cases of COVID-19 in the visitors’ camp prompted the IPL teams to make their own arrangements.
The fifth Test between India and England has also been postponed indefinitely after Yogesh Parmar, a junior physiotherapist, tested positive for the virus before the match. Several members of India’s support staff, including head Ravi Shastri, had already been quarantined after testing positive for the virus during the fourth Test at the Oval.

All players arriving in Dubai will now have to be in quarantine for six days, which could be the reason for Bairstow and Malan’s return. According to a BCCI official, Bairstow and Malan will not play in the IPL starting September 19. Vox’s absence was noted by The Guardian.

“They will not be on the flight to the UAE. One of the reasons for their withdrawal is the six-day quarantine they were not required to do earlier,” the official said. While Bairstow is a regular in the Sunrisers line-up, Malan, the world number one T20 batsman, made his IPL debut with the Kings earlier this year. Aiden Markram has been included in the team in his place.

Punjab Kings tweeted, “Malan will take some time out to be with his family ahead of T20 World Cup and Ashes.” Bairstow had scored 248 runs in seven matches at the start of this season at a strike rate of over 141. Bairstow, Woakes and Malan were part of the England Test team in Manchester. The bubble life has taken a toll on the players and with the T20 World Cup to be held in the UAE, not playing the IPL will give Bairstow, Woakes and Malan more family time.

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