Cricket may run out of bio-bubble, take Premier League route

It has been learned that cricket is set to move to a Premier League-type model, clearing the bubble. The bubble issue was discussed at the International Cricket Council’s chief executive committee meeting on Friday and members agreed that the bubble model was not sustainable.

According to an ICC insider, a Premier League-type model, where there is no bubble but all stakeholders are tested regularly, is the likely way forward. “In the Premier League, they don’t even send close contacts to isolation. Only those who test positive go into quarantine,” the source said.

Jose Mourinho, when he was manager of Tottenham Hotspur, cited an example of how he was scared about a contact of Matt Doherty testing positive after the latter had contracted Covid. But Mourinho tested negative and was good to go.

Bubble life is happening to the mental health of players, especially for teams with an overload of fixtures across formats. For example, the Indian team left for England on June 2 for the World Test Championship final and with the final Test at Old Trafford postponed to the second week of September, most players went straight into the IPL bubble before leaving. Till T20 World Cup.

India’s head coach Ravi Shastri referred to his team’s last match in the World Cup with such a long bubble life.

“When you are in a bubble for six months… there are a lot of players who play all three formats of the game. In the last 24 months, they have been at home for 25 days. I don’t care who you are, if your name is Bradman, if you’re in the bubble too, your average will come down because you’re human,” he said: “But sooner or later, the bubble will burst. So you have to be careful.”

A year ago, England’s white-ball captain Eoin Morgan predicted players to be out of tour/series due to the stress of bubbly life. Morgan said during a charity event, “We’ve talked about this (issue) as a team and we’ve accepted that people will come in and out of the bubble if they think it’s affecting their mental health.” Has been doing.”

ICC members have not set a time limit for changing the model.


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