With the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc around the world, the game of cricket must adapt to the changing scenario. Cricket boards and countries have created strict bio-bubbles for the safety of cricketers during tours and tournaments. Players are placed under a bio-bubble where they are only allowed to move in a limited space and interact with a limited number of people.
Several foreign players have spoken about bio-bubbles and how it harms their sanity. Team India has also continued to play uninterrupted cricket since IPL 2020. After the T20 tournament, India toured Australia, then faced England in a full-fledged series and is now preparing for the T20 tournament. ‘IPL 2021. They have also been placed in bio-bubbles for months.
Commenting on the bio-bubbles, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said Indians are “more tolerant” of dealing with mental health issues than cricketers from countries like England and Australia.
Since the resumption of international cricket, players have been forced to stay in bio-bubbles, where their lives are limited to hotels and stadiums.
They don’t have access to people outside of the bubble, which makes it extremely difficult for players to stay fresh and motivated.
“I think we Indians are a bit more tolerant than overseas (cricketers). I’ve played with a lot of English people, Australians, West Indians, they just give up sanity.” the former Indian captain said during a virtual promotional event here.
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“In the last six to seven months, with so much cricket in the bio-bubble, it’s so difficult. Going from the hotel room to the floor, dealing with the pressure and coming back into the room, then coming back to the again, it’s a whole different life. “
Ganguly further cited the example of the Australian cricket team that withdrew from their tour of South Africa after losing to India at home.
Australia were scheduled to do a three-try tour in March-April, but withdrew citing “an unacceptable level of risk to the health and safety of players, support staff and the community”.
“Look at the Australian team, they were supposed to go to South Africa for a series of tests after India played there. They refused to go …
“And there is always this fear of COVID. ‘I hope it’s not me next time.’. You have to stay positive, you have to train mentally. We all need to train ourselves mentally for good to happen. to training, ”Ganguly said.
(with PTI inputs)