No bio-bubble for Team India’s home series vs South Africa: Report
By SMCS - Apr 25, 2022 8:10 pm
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The BCCI has confirmed Team India’s upcoming five-match T20 series against South Africa. However, they have recently shared that bio-bubble won’t be there, keeping the mental well-being of cricketers in mind as well. However, bio-bubbles have become a part of the lives of players as most of the home and away are taking place in the strict bio-secure environments due to the COVID-19 pandemic as well.

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Meanwhile, the T20 series will take place across five venues — Delhi, Cuttack, Vizag, Rajkot, and Bengaluru – between June 9 and 19 as well. The IPL, which is taking place in a bio-bubble will end on May 29 and the BCCI does not want its players to move to another place amid this situation.

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“If all goes well and things remain in control like it is right now, there will be no bio-bubbles and hard quarantine during the home series against South Africa,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity. “Then we are going to Ireland and England and there won’t be any bio-bubble in those countries too.”

“Some players have got periodic breaks but if you look at the bigger picture, living in bio-bubble one series after another and now two months of IPL is simply exhausting for the players,” he further said.

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However, in the UK, there are no bio-bubbles placed as of now for any sporting activity and Team India is expected to have a free environment in the country as well where they will play one Test and six limited-overs matches in a space of three weeks. Meanwhile, the workload management program has also been made so that all the players including captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja get proper rest before travelling to the UK.

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“There are five T20 Internationals between June 9 to 19 in five cities. Obviously, all the players won’t be playing all the games. Some might be given total rest and some might play a few games. If these guys aren’t given systemic breaks, it will only harm them. But obviously, the duration of break will be decided by selectors after talking to head coach (Rahul Dravid),” the source further added.