Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Rizwan feels that bio-bubble is putting a mental strain on players and it is not easy to remain in such an environment all the time. The wicket-keeper batsman also said that his team focussing to level the 2-Match Test series against West Indies by winning the 2nd game.
Pakistan recently lost to West Indies in the 1st Test at Sabina Park in Kington in an epic encounter. West Indies, while chasing 168 in the 2nd innings, managed to bag victory by just 1 wicket. West Indies tailender Kemar Coach played a crucial knock of unbeaten 30 runs to bag the victory for his team.
Bio-Bubble Putting Mental Strain On Players: Mohammad Rizwan
While speaking ahead of West Indies vs Pakistan 2nd Test, Mohammad Rizwan spoke about the issues that bio-bubble causes to players. The 29-year-old player feels that it puts mental strain on the players.
“It is not easy remaining in the bio-bubble all the time and we have been playing a lot of cricket in the last year and more. It is good for us but at the same time it becomes a mental strain on the players as well,” Rizwan said.
Speaking about the recent Test loss to West Indies in a close-fought encounter, Mohammad Rizwan said that his team’s main focus is to bounce back in the series with a victory in the 2nd Test.
“The bottom line is we lost the Test after coming so close to winning it and it hit us and we are now looking to bounce back strongly in the second Test. I think it is also important to look at players who make small but game-changing contributions in a match.
“We need such impact players. Our main focus now is to level this series by winning the second game and getting equal points from it,” Pakistan’s opener Mohammad Rizwan further said.
Due to bio-bubble protocols, players have to go under a quarantine process ahead of any international series. Moreover, they also have to stay in one hotel and avoid contact with public places or unknown people, while undergoing Covid tests on a regular basis.
In the West Indies vs Pakistan 1st Test match, home side West Indies bowled out Pakistan for 217 and 203 in both innings. With a 1st innings total of 253-10, West Indies needed to chase a target of 168 in the final innings. However, against a deadly bowling attack from visitors, West Indies crushed to 114-7 at one stage.
However, fast bowler Kemar Roach’s unbeaten 30 run-knock enabled West Indies to outplay Pakistan by just 1 wicket in the end. Now, both the teams will face off in the 2nd Test at Sabina Park, Kingston on August 20 (Friday).