Couldn’t risk missing birth of my child – Kane Richardson

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Kane Richardson has acknowledged he didn’t want to miss the birth of his first child and hence had to pull out of the Indian Premier League. The Australia pacer has now been replaced by Adam Zampa as he prepared for the limited-overs series in England.

Richardson now hopes there will be more opportunities for him to return to IPL. “It’s always difficult to withdraw from a competition like the IPL, it’s the pinnacle domestic competition in the world but when I really sat down and thought about it’s definitely the right one with all that’s going on in the world at the moment,” he said.

“Just the challenge around getting home on time for something as unpredictable as the birth of a child, I couldn’t risk missing that. It’s disappointing to miss the IPL but hopefully, there are opportunities ahead for that and don’t think I’d ever be able to live with missing the birth of my first kid.

“We’ve had five months of but hopefully cricket will always be there. The main thing for me is to support my wife, as cricketers, we are away for a lot of things but there comes a time when you prioritise your family over anything else and at the moment in the world a lot of people are doing that.”

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