New Delhi: In the era of Covid-19, most of the series are being played in the bio bubble format, which seems to be affecting the mental health of the players, so the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken a decision on the match against South Africa after the Indian Premier League (IPL).
There is a strong possibility that a big decision will be taken to play the upcoming five-match T20 International series without bio bubble. Bio bubbles have become an integral part of cricketers’ lives in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and almost all series abroad and in their home countries are taking place amidst the strict rules of bio bubbles.
The T20 series is scheduled to be played from June 9 to 19 in Delhi, Cuttack, Vizag, Rajkot and Bangalore. Keeping in view the safety of players and officials, IPL is being played in bio bubble. The IPL will end on May 29 and BCCI does not want its players to be a part of the bio bubble once again after the league is over.
A senior BCCI official, on the condition of anonymity, said, “If all goes well and things remain under control as they are now, there will be no bio bubble and strict isolation during the home series against South Africa.” “After that we will go to Ireland and England and there will be no bio bubble in these countries as well,” he said. The BCCI is aware that the bio bubble can affect the mental health of the players.
“Some players have got breaks from time to time but if we look at the bigger picture, being part of the bio bubble during one series after another and now two months of IPL is quite tiring for the players,” the official said. There is no bio bubble for any sport in the UK as of now and hence it is expected that the Indian team will also not have to be a part of the bio bubble there. The Indian team has to play one Test and six limited overs matches in the UK in three weeks.