Umpire Reiffel to resume IPL duties following cancellation of his flight to Australia

back icon
safari
29 Apr 2021 | 08:37 AM
author
cricket.com staff

Umpire Reiffel to resume IPL duties following cancellation of his flight to Australia

The Australian official will now stay till the end of the tournament

heart

Share

After reports emerged of Umpires Nitin Menon and Paul Reiffel pulling out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, it is understood that the latter will stay on till the end of the season as his flight to Australia via Doha was supposedly cancelled. Menon, a resident of Indore, left to be with his family as it is learnt that his wife and mother have been infected with Covid-19.

"Yes, Nitin has left as his immediate family members have COVID-19 and he is currently not in a mental state to conduct games," a BCCI official told PTI. 

In Reiffel's case, the Australian government's ban on flights from India due to the rising COvid-19 cases in India ensured that he did not leave the bubble after reports emerged that he had flown back home. "I tried to, but the flight through Doha, I wasn't able to go through as an Australian," Reiffel told the 'Herald' and 'The Age' on Thursday (April 29) from his hotel in Ahmedabad.

"They shut the avenue off. I know a couple of the guys got back that way through there, but the avenue was closed so I had to stay. Yesterday, I was booked to go, but it got cancelled," he said.

Reiffel will, therefore, now go back only after the end of the tournament on May 30. "I was 10 minutes away from leaving the bubble, so I'm very lucky," Reiffel said.

Menon is the second Indian to pull out of the tournament after off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who also went home after all his family members tested positive. Three Australians Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa left home due to the unprecedented health crisis in India.

However, the BCCI is going ahead with the tournament and interim CEO Hemang Amin has assured all players and support staff that they remain safe in the bio-bubble. BCCI is likely to replace Menon with an umpire from its own pool of umpires.

(With inputs from PTI)

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
Indian Premier League, 2021Australia

Related Articles

safari
NEWS
Match referee leaves IPL after mother's death
The cause of death of Nayyar's mother could not be confirmed
userPTI
29 Apr 2021
safari
NEWS
IPL 2021 postponed; West Indies, New Zealand players reach home
All the information related to the development in the IPL 2021 due to the second wave of the Covid-19 in India
usercricket.com staff
29 Apr 2021
safari
NEWS
Umpires Nitin Menon, Paul Reiffel pull out of IPL 2021
It is believed that Menon's wife and mother tested positive for COVID-19
userPTI
29 Apr 2021
safari
NEWS
Dilemma surrounding the Australians at IPL
BCCI says the league will go on but the Australians stay uncertain about their participation
userPTI
26 Apr 2021
safari
NEWS
IPL 2021 will go on despite players pulling out, insist BCCI
Ashwin, Tye, Richardson, Livingstone and Zampa are some of the players who have opted out of the tournament due to the Covid-19 crisis in India
userPTI
26 Apr 2021
safari
NEWS
Wanted to return to Australia before I got locked out of the country: Tye
Tye is the second player from RR to leave home citing bubble fatigue and COVID-19 concerns after Englishman Liam Livingstone, who left before the travel ban from India came into effect
userPTI
26 Apr 2021
safari
NEWS
"More the pressure better is the focus", says umpire Nitin Menon
With the pandemic forcing the ICC to appoint local umpires in a bilateral series, Menon officiated in all four Tests between India and England besides three of the five T20Is and three ODIs
userPTI
02 Apr 2021
safari
NEWS
Dhoni slammed for 'bullying' umpire into changing mind
Last year Dhoni was fined 50 percent of his match fee after he stormed onto the field during a tense IPL game to contest an umpiring call
userAFP
14 Oct 2020
safari
NEWS
Ball-management will be our biggest challenge when cricket resumes: Nitin Menon
When things are back to normal, Menon hopes to be part of the iconic Ashes between England and Australia
userPTI
30 Jun 2020
safari
NEWS
Nitin Menon becomes youngest umpire to enter ICC Elite Panel
The 36-year-old, who has officiated in three Tests, 24 ODIs and 16 T20Is, is only the third umpire from India to make it to the prestigious group after former captain Srinivas Venkatraghavan and Sundaram Ravi
userPTI
29 Jun 2020
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved