Match referee Manu Nayyar has left the Indian Premier League (IPL) bio-bubble in Ahmedabad following the death of his mother.
Nayyar was last seen in charge during the match between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Tuesday.
“It happened because she was not there last night. Manu left the bubble and is in Delhi today. We do not know if he will join the bubble again,” an IPL source close to the match referee told PTI.
Nayyar, a former Delhi Ranji Trophy player, was in charge of the Mumbai leg of IPL matches before being assigned to the Ahmedabad leg. It is learned that he arrived in Delhi on Thursday to join his family.
The cause of death of Nayyar’s mother has not been ascertained.
Earlier in the day, India’s top umpire Nitin Menon withdrew from the lucrative league after his family was plagued with a few COVID-19 cases, but his Australian counterpart Paul Riffel stopped trying to leave as his country wind stopped. Travel with India.
Menon, an Indore resident, quit the IPL bio-bubble after his wife and mother were found to be Kovid-19 positive.
Menon is the only Indian on the umpires on the ICC Elite Panel and has been praised for his work in India’s recent home series against England.