Former India cricketer turned renowned commentator Aakash Chopra has shared his concerns over the upcoming India-England series being played in a soft bio-bubble after the India all-rounder Krunal Pandya has been tested COVID-19 positive in Sri Lanka despite being in a strict bubble.
Soon after Krunal’s news came, the second T20I of the India-Sri Lanka series got postponed by a day. And, the match was subsequently rescheduled for Wednesday, July 28 as well. While talking about that Chopra shared his views on his official YouTube channel.
He stated: “Krunal Pandya tested positive despite being in a strict bio-bubble. That makes me think what is happening in England. Crowds are attending The Hundred and interacting with each other. Even amid COVID positive cases in the country, the festival is carrying on. Crowds are likely to attend the India-England Test matches as well and it is being said that there won’t be a strict bio-bubble but only a soft one. I do understand that COVID has taken a toll on everyone. But if COVID can breach a strict bio-bubble, I don’t even want to think what can happen in a soft bubble.”
He continued: “How was the bio-secure bubble breached? Matches are being played behind closed doors. No players are going out, it is a very tight tournament. Players are staying at the designated hotel. They are using the same bus to travel to the ground and they are staying in the same dressing how. Then how did this virus breach the bio-bubble? And if it has, Krunal might not be alone, as we have seen in the IPL, when multiple cases later came to the fore.”
However, Krunal Pandya will have to stay in self-isolation for 7 days and he won’t be able to board the flight until he recovered. He will have to stay in Sri Lanka even after the T20I series concludes on July 29 whereas the other members of the team are scheduled to return home on July 30 as well.