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'Bio-bubbles, quarantines taking a toll on cricketers'

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Harish Kotian
November 16, 2021 15:17 IST
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'With what's happened in the world in the last last couple of years, it had made things a lot tougher with bubbles and quarantine and it does take its toll after a while.'

IMAGE: In less than 72 hours of playing the T20 World Cup final against Australia in Dubai, New Zealand play India in a three-match T20I series in a space of five days.. Photograph: Francois Nel/Getty Images

New Zealand's stand-in captain Tim Southee said long periods in bio-bubble takes a toll on the cricketers' physical and mental health and hopes that they don't have to play in protected environments for far too long.

 

In less than 72 hours of playing the T20 World Cup final against Australia in Dubai, New Zealand play India in a three-match T20I series in a space of five days.

Southee, who has been in bio-bubbles since the second leg of IPL resumed in the UAE in September, said the scheduling in COVID-19 times is beyond their control but it does impact the players.

"With what's happened in the world in the last last couple of years, it had made things a lot tougher with bubbles and quarantine and it does take its toll after a while," said Southee, who will also stay back for the two-Test series against India though his new ball partner Trent Boult will head back after the T20I series.

"We don't know what's going to happen in the future. Whether we are gonna have to continue to play in bubbles and I guess you are put under more pressure with the quarantine time thrown as well."

Skipper Kane Williamson has been given much needed rest for T20s ahead of the Test series in India.

Leading players including Virat Kohli has spoken about how bubble life is not sustainable in the long run.

After New Zealand's loss to Australia in the World Cup final in Dubai on Sunday, head coach Gary Stead spoke about the unusual scheduling scenario his team finds itself in. The squad's chartered flight landed in Jaipur on Monday evening.

Southee understand that some of the things are beyond control.

"So it's something we can't control something we just have to, I guess adapt to and get used to but but it does take its toll. I know a few players that have been a number of bubbles for long periods of time it does take its toll we down after a while so hopefully, we don't have to have to deal with bubbles for too much longer," stated Southee.

The pacer said the workload of players will be managed throughout the series.

"Yes, it is something we are going to have to look at throughout the series, three games and in five days, with travel days in between and then a couple of days and then we are into the Test series.

"The guys will be managed throughout the series, but we've got a squad of 15 here that were involved in the World Cup which I'm sure will be used throughout the series," said Southee.

Talking about conditions being similar to the UAE, Southee said the team is looking forward to playing in India as it is always a special experience.

"Guys are disappointed (after the loss to Australia). We played some pretty good cricket throughout the tournament and was disappointing not to be able to have won the other night but but we're going to shift their focus to this series.

"It is a new challenge of playing in India and the conditions will be similar but I'm sure we will need to adapt slightly."

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