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Why Ian Chappell was asked to leave Adelaide Oval

By HARISH KOTIAN
December 19, 2020 09:41 IST
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Ian Chappell was asked to leave the Adelaide Oval on Friday, Day 2 of the first Test between Australia and India, as the COVID-19 outbreak continues in Sydney.

The Australian cricket legend was doing the commentary for ABC radio at the Adelaide Oval when he was asked to leave the ground. He was asked to isolate before taking the COVID-19 test on Saturday.

Chappell is a Sydney Northern Beaches resident, which has witnessed a fresh COVID-19 outbreak in the past few days.

The 77 year old is not sure whether he will stay in Adelaide or return to Sydney.

'I don't know too much, the problem is the (Sydney residence) postcode," Chappell was quoted as saying by Wide World of Sports.

'I haven't been to any of the places (with known COVID contacts) but once they ask about the Northern Beaches local government area, I had to say 'yes' to that,' he added.

'That triggered things off. I haven't got a clue yet. I'll just have the test and see what happens,' Chappell said.

On being asked how it felt to leave his beloved Adelaide Oval, where he has a stand named after him, he replied: 'It's weird, but that's life at the moment'

Brett Lee, who is part of the commentary panel for the Test match, also suffered the same fate. Also a resident of Sydney Northern Beaches, the former Australian pacer returned home on Friday.

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