England all-rounder Sam Curran has backed the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for its much-talked-about rotation policy, stating that he has enjoyed his break given by the board during the recently-concluded Test series against India.
The ECB has come under the scanner for the rotation policy that it has employed since the start of the winter tours of Sri Lanka and India in order to manage the workload of its all-format players apart from minimizing the mental toll that living in a bio-bubble can lead to.
Many have accused the ECB of prioritizing white-ball cricket over Test matches as England suffered three heavy defeats against India to lose the series 3-1.
Sam Curran, who has joined the English squad ahead of the five-match T20I series, has defended the rotation policy, stating that living in a bio-bubble for an extended period of time can be mentally taxing for any individual.
“Definitely… a lot of stuff has been spoken about the rotation. As a player, I have found it very beneficial, the bubbles are really tough from the player’s perspective, being away for long periods, it is nice coming back after my break, refreshed and really raring to go for this white-ball series, I think it is going to be a great series,” Sam Curran said in a press conference.
“Like you said, various players have had their breaks. I’m sure guys might say similar things, so I think everyone reacts to the bubbles in different ways, I think it is about keeping mentally and physically fresh… I certainly appreciate the break that I was given,” he added.
“Very nice to be back in India, obviously a great place to play cricket. Yes, I left Sri Lanka and had a break and it was nice to get home. Like you said there was a bit of an issue to get back to India with all the travel, and that kind of things, and that extended my break a little bit.” he added.
The five-match T20I series against India is being seen as a dress rehearsal for England ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup which is set to take place in the country later this year.
Sam Curran said that rotation policy is all about keeping players mentally and physically fresh and with so many players in the T20I squad not being part of the Test series which England lost 3-1, there will no baggage as the visitors look to reverse their fortunes in the white-ball leg.
“I would say any time England go out there, it is always going to be an important game, obviously saw that the Test series was really competitive, it was great to watch a fantastic series, unfortunately, England did lose. I think again with the T20s coming up… it is a World Cup year, so it is going to be a lot of emphasis on us doing well, especially as the World Cup is going to be here as well… October time.” said Sam Curran.
“To be honest, a lot of players didn’t play in the Tests that are now playing in the T20 series. That could be beneficial I guess but the players move on very quickly and focus on what is ahead and try and improve, so come Friday, the team that goes up will be ready and excited to play against a really good Indian outfit,” he said.
The five-match T20I series between India and England will get underway from March 12 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.