Players from England and India were supposed to fly to the UAE from Manchester together in a bubble-to-bubble transfer, but the COVID-19 cases at the visitor camp forced the IPL teams to make their own arrangements.
The fifth test between India and England was also postponed indefinitely after a junior physical therapist tested positive for the virus before the game.
Other members of India’s support staff, including Director Ravi Shastri, were already in quarantine after they tested positive for the virus during the fourth test at the Oval.
All players arriving in Dubai now have to go through a six-day quarantine and that could be the reason why Bairstow and Malan withdrew.
A BCCI official told PTI that both players will not be part of the IPL that will resume on September 19.
“They will not board the flight to the United Arab Emirates. One of the reasons for their withdrawal is the six-day quarantine that they did not need to do before,” the official said.
While Bairstow is a regular in the Sunrisers’ lineup, the world’s number one T20 hitter, Malan, made his IPL debut with the Kings earlier this year.
Bairstow had done 248 runs with a strike rate of 141 more in seven games earlier this season.
Both Bairstow and Malan were part of the England test team in Manchester.
There are also doubts about the presence of England all-rounder Chris Woakes in the IPL. Play for Delhi Capitals.
The life of the bubble has taken its toll on the players and with the T20 World Cup in the UAE, not playing the IPL would allow more family time for Bairstow and Malan.
Both are also part of England’s Ashes plans, but the Down Under tour is also currently in doubt as Australia imposes some of the world’s toughest restrictions on inbound travelers in the times of COVID.