Jaipur. New Zealand’s stand-in captain Tim Southee believes that spending a long time in the bio bubble affects the physical and mental health of cricketers. He hoped that the players will not have to live in such an environment for a long time. The New Zealand team has to play a three-match bilateral series in India, which will end within five days, 72 hours after playing the final of the T20 World Cup against Australia in Dubai.
Saudis have been in a bio-bubble since the start of the second phase of the IPL in September. He said that it is beyond his control to prepare programs during the Kovid period. But it has an effect on the players. He said, “With what happened in the world in the last two years, things have become very difficult with the bio bubble and segregation and after some time its effect is visible.”
Saudi will also remain with the team for the two-Test series against India. While his new ball partner Trent Boult will return home after the T20 series.
Bio-bubble has bad effect on players: Saudi
Saudi said that we do not know what is going to happen in the future. Whether we have to continue playing in the bio bubble or not and I think due to quarantine, you put more pressure on you. This is something that we cannot control. We have to adapt to it by getting used to it. But it has an effect. I know a few players who have been in the bio bubble for a long time and it has had an impact on them after some time. Hopefully we won’t need to live in the bio bubble for a long time.
‘Players’ workload will be managed’
The fast bowler said that the workload of the players will be thoroughly looked into throughout the series. He said that yes, it is something that we have to look into. Playing three matches in five days and traveling in the meantime and then after two days we will play Test series.
Indian team has also given rest to the players
Saudi further said that the workload of the players will be taken care of throughout the tour. We also have those 15 players who were in the World Cup squad and I think they will also be used throughout the series. In view of the workload, the Indian team has also given a chance to new players against New Zealand. Coach Rahul Dravid talked to every player about it and after that Team India was announced.