England and the Welsh Cricket Board (ECB), Tom Harrison, has made it clear that the board will continue to give its players freedom from the strict bio-bubbles that say ‘players are fed up with being crammed into bubbles’.
This comes after the sudden increase in COVID-19 cases within the team camps. The first was the English team itself, which tested positive after the Sri Lanka series for limited overs. Then the Sri Lankan staff member, including batting coach Grant Flower, tested positive on his return home.
Indian Rishabh Pant and staff member Dayanand Garani have now tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently isolated from the rest of the Indian team traveling to Durham for their three-day practice match against Select Counties XI. The ECB has facilitated certain protocols, and players are now allowed to mingle with each other at the team hotel.
Biosafety has such a detrimental effect on mental health for players: Tom Harrison
The ECB commented on the detrimental effects of life in bio-bubbles for the players, and despite recent cases emerging in the bio-bubbles of the teams, Tom Harrison claimed that the ECB would continue to give players independence, and adds that infections are inevitable.
“We do not want to lock people up in a place where they feel that their only role in life is to bat and play ball. Players are fed up with biosafety and bubbles. Biosafety has a detrimental effect on the mental health of players and we can not continue to continue that kind of environment. We need to mitigate the impact of, unavoidable, unavoidable infections. “ Tom Harrison said.
The head of the ECB also advocates for the current guidelines for bio-bubbles and ensures that ECB can hold cricket events within them. The first edition of The Hundred starts on July 21 and the ECB still hopes that England’s Test cricketers, who will be part of the upcoming five-match series against India, will be able to play in the tournament.
‘It is not impossible to work according to current guidelines and have a successful environment. We want people to feel good about going to play. We want people to think that their lives are on and off the field for them, ” he added.
The first Test between India and England starts on 4 August. Meanwhile, England will face Pakistan in a three-match T20I series after crushing them 3-0 in the ODI series.