After the COVID-19 outbreak, the game of cricket was halted for months. We were only able to see players being back on the field after months but playing cricket is not easy till date. Not only cricket but every sports these days is being played under Bio secure bubble and this bio bubble has not been easy for players to deal. Because of the restrictions, quarantine rules imposed on players as more and more international series and T20 tournaments are being played around the world during the pandemic , it has been a tough thing for players to deal with as players started speaking about the consequences how bubble has impacted them.
In an recent interview with espn cricinfo , star allrounder Andre Russel spoke about the toll he is facing because of this bio bubble. “I think it’s taking a toll on myself,” Russell told Geo News from Abu Dhabi, where the remaining of the PSL is about to be played. Beside this he also stated that “But at the end of the day, I’m not being ungrateful, I’m grateful that we’re still playing, we’re still doing our job. So it’s tough for us. But even though we prepared for it, it still takes a toll.” After IPL being postponed, Russel is there to play the remaining of the PSL matches.
Not only Russel various other star players like Adam Zampa, Tim Seifert, Akash Chopra etc. spoke about the quarantine, Bio Bubble and the difficulties you face there. New Zealand opener batsman Tim Seifert who recently got recovered from the virus was seen crying when asked about the experience he faced as a corona patient. He was the one who got infected along with Sandeep Warrior after the COVID-19 outbreak in KKR camp. “That was the toughest time, getting told that I have Covid,” Seifert said during a media interaction. “The world stops a little bit. I couldn’t think what was next. That’s the scary part. You hear about the bad things, I thought it was going to happen to me. It was tough.” When all the foreign players cleared the PCR test and left India it was hard for him to deal with it mentally.
Beside players, commentator Akash Chopra too spoke about bio bubble and quarantine period on one of his videos that how hard it is for them to deal with it. He indicated that 15 days quarantine in a single room weakens you mentally as no matter how positive you be there will arise some negativity on your mind. In general, we can easily conclude that 15 days quarantine before and after a tournament is way too long for players as they wont be able to play more matches as well as they wont get enough time to practice. Corona has impacted a lot as we see very limited series and matches where even the tournament like IPL,PSL etc. was halted because of COVID-19 outbreak.