In a big shocker for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), batting all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has pulled out of the fourteenth edition of the India Premier League (IPL).
The player cited the bio bubble pressure as his reason to take this decision. As per reports, Marsh had broken the news to SRH and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) a few days ago.
The all-rounder’s decision comes following the IPL governing body’s latest COVID-19 safety protocols, which instructs the players to undergo a seven-day mandatory quarantine period and spend the entirety of the tournament, spanning around two months in the bio-secure ecosystem. Marsh chose not to participate under these circumstances.
BCCI has only allowed bubble-to-bubble transfer, which means the Indian and England players, who have just concluded their all-formats series, may enter the bubble directly, while the other participants, including the players, owners, franchise management members, commentators, or match officials, must undergo seven days of quarantine.
Marsh was almost absent from the previous season of the tournament as well after suffering from an ankle injury, leading to SRH replace him with West Indies Test captain Jason Holder.
SRH has decided upon Marsh’s replacement, possibly England batsman Jason Roy, who displayed noteworthy performances in the recently concluded T20I series between India and England, scoring 144 runs in five T20I innings – with a strike rate of 132.11.
Roy was released by Delhi Capitals ahead of the IPL 2021 auction and also went unsold during the auction.