March 3, 2021

Indians trapped in bubble as England players take time | Cricket News

CHENNAI: While the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is taking care of their players by giving them regular breaks in the bio-bubble, the Indian cricketers who go after the series with the same set have no such plans and no rest.
England players playing in 17 Tests, the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the World T20 this year have retired to Johnny Barstow and Sam Curran in the first two Tests after being featured in two Tests in Sri Lanka. Send back Jose Butler after the first Test, India’s top players had a busy schedule from August onwards to the United Arab Emirates in preparation for the IPL.
When they came home from a successful Australia campaign from August to January 20, none of the Indian soldiers were part of their families – or part of their grief or joy. A week later, the players entered the bubble for the England Test matches starting on Friday. India will play four Tests, five T20s and three ODIs against England. Then, a week later, the Indian players returned to the IPL.
When asked if being in the life bubble affects them or makes them mentally exhausted, India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said they are not mentally exhausted as they have families and spend time in the team room.
“We are not mentally exhausted. We are mentally very difficult, we are a unit, we are a family. We enjoy each other’s company here, so we spend time in our team room. Families are here. It’s very important and it’s very good. We are not tired, We are very emotional, “Rahane told the media on Wednesday.
However, the Indian Cricket Board has selected 18 players in the squad for the first two Tests. They have added five net bowlers and five players as stand-bys.
It is now customary to select additional players in the squad and England batting adviser Jonathan Trott pointed it out on Wednesday.
“Having a big team with players and reserves was different from how the previous tours were, but now it’s normal,” Trott told the media on Wednesday.
India benefited from a recent big draw in Australia, winning the four-Test series 2-1 with immediate availability as a replacement for injured players.
On Tuesday, England fast bowler Joffre Archer acknowledged the steps taken by the ECP.
“Anyone who criticizes this (key players retiring from ECP) ​​has not spent a single month a week in the bubble. We’ve been here for almost a year now. At the end of the day, humans are social people. If so, there is no escape, “Archer told the media.
“If you give time to people like me, I think the ECP worked very well. I have six weeks. I think Jose (Butler) will be there a little bit after the first Test. So they’re giving everyone time to come back and be refreshed and ready to go.”
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