New Zealand pacer Scott Kuggeleijn – who was part of the Mumbai Indians reserves – has become the first player to be transferred in the IPL 2021 mid-season transfer window. As per media reports, Kuggeleijn would be replacing Australia’s Kane Richardson – who opted out of the tournament due to the surge in Covid-19 cases in India. Adam Zampa was the other RCB player who left India for the same reason, but there has been no replacement announced for the spinner as yet.Also Read - Michael Vaughan Suggests Virat Kohli to Take a Break After Poor Run of Form

“Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson are in Mumbai. They will be leaving for Australia via Doha after midnight on April 28 (Wednesday),” confirmed an official to IANS. Also Read - IPL 2022: Virat Kohli Heartwarming Message After RCB's Exit Goes Viral, See Tweet

Meanwhile, the Australian government has cancelled all flights from India and that has meant the players start panicking. While MI’s Chris Lynn has said that he would be playing the entire tournament and then hopes to fly back to Australia in a chartered flight, David Warner has confirmed that he will not be leaving the Sunrisers Hyderabad side midway through the tournament. Also Read - IPL 2022: Jos Buttler Serves Up Final Fare For RR vs GT; Virat Kohli, RCB Miss Party

Cricket Australia in an official statement released on Tuesday revealed that they are in regular dialogue with players, coaches, match officials and commentators on the ground in India regarding the pandemic scenario.

“Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association are in regular dialogue with players, coaches, match officials and commentators on the ground in India regarding the current situation and we will assist where possible,” said CA in its official statement.

“We will continue to liaise closely with the Australian Government following today’s announcement that direct flights from India to Australia will be paused until May 15, and monitor the situation between now and the tournament’s scheduled conclusion on May 30,” it added.