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Some Indian players didn't like restrictions in IPL bubble: MI's Pamment

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Harish Kotian
Last updated on: May 11, 2021 16:36 IST
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'It was when cases started to come with the teams. They were a little more fearful, a little more apprehensive.'

James Pamment

IMAGE: Mumbai Indians fielding coach James Pamment said the IPL bio-bubble felt completely safe till the time cases from participating teams hadn't come to light. Photograph: Kind courtesy James Pamment/Instagram

Mumbai Indians fielding coach James Pamment has claimed some senior Indian players did not like being subjected to restrictions inside the currently-suspended IPL's bio-bubble but it felt completely safe till the time cases from participating teams hadn't come to light.

 

Pamment did not elaborate on his assertion about the Indian players and did not take any names either. The IPL was suspended indefinitely on May 4, 2021, after a few players and support staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

"Some of the senior Indian guys don't like being restricted and told what to do," he was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.

"But we did feel safe -- at no point did we feel the bubble would be compromised ... We felt the travel was always going to be a challenge,"

The New Zealander, a former Northern Districts coach, said he and the MI players started to feel apprehensive shortly before the competition was halted.

"It was when cases started to come with the teams. They were a little more fearful, a little more apprehensive," said the 52-year-old, who returned home on Saturday.

"Chennai (Chennai Super Kings) announced their cases and we'd played Chennai at the weekend, so straight away, the dynamic changed. I certainly noticed from within my group. I'd spend most of my time with the Kiwis and the Aussies, their mindset had changed.

"We started to get Indian guys in our environment whose families were sick. There were bereavements as well and we were taking a bit of a cue from those guys who were saying 'no, we want to carry on' and the messages were coming back that this is a good distraction."

Pamment said at no stage did he feel his health was going to be put in jeopardy within the bubble set up by MI at a Mumbai hotel.

"You felt as long as everyone was disciplined and people weren't tempted. You did feel confident you'd be fine, and everybody around you would be fine...an extremely safe bubble being formed."

He said long before the suspension of IPL, he was aware of the pandemic getting worse in India and the event should not have been spread across six venues.

"If it (IPL) had been held solely in Mumbai, perhaps it'd have been easily managed, but once cases rise in Mumbai, you're looking at ground staff, you're looking at different service-type people that it's going to be hard to manage," he said.

"We had a case ourselves on our first travel to Chennai – it was a support staff member, fortunately picked up very quickly and he was isolated, and none of the people considered close contacts to him were infected.

"It was a very early reminder that your bubble's not impenetrable. We probably got even stricter around how we operated."

He also said that allowing 70,000 spectators in Ahmedabad for Test matches against England "was a little irresponsible and now Ahmedabad is a hot-bed of COVID".

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