Australian fast bowler Kane Richardson has decided to back himself from the IND-AUS ODI and T20 series due to the risk of COVID19 pandemic. Andrew Tye will replace him for the limited over games. Richardson has decided to stay with his family and not risking himself by exposing to the virus.
Cricket Australia has said that Richardson informed the national selectors on Tuesday about his decision that he was withdrawing from the team to spend time with his wife and newborn son. National selector Trevor Hons said in a statement issued by CA, “It was a difficult decision for Kane but he has the full support of the selectors and the team.”
He said, ‘Ken wanted to live in Adelaide with his wife Nike and their newborn son. We will always support our players and their families, we are with them in view of the current challenging situation. We will miss him in the team but we fully understand his decision and support it.’
It seems that Richardson’s decision this week is influenced by rising cases of Coronavirus infection in Adelaide due to which some states are closing their borders. Due to the closure of borders of some states, CA was forced to airlift some of its cricketers, including captain Tim Paine and Marnus Labuschen, before the first ODI against India on November 27 in Sydney.
The first Test is to be played in Adelaide from 17 December. The CA has already clarified that it is committed to conducting the first test (day-night) in Adelaide and is constantly monitoring the situation. Fans are just hoping for some entertaining cricket, free of virus infection fear.