India captain, Virat Kohli has urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to pay more heed to the tight schedule of the players, as it could cause physical and mental fatigue, especially in the bio-bubbles.
Since cricket resumed in the pandemic era, the Indian team has played a huge amount of cricket, and the players have been in the bio-bubble for a long time and will continue to do so with several important games to come.
The IPL 2020, which was played in the UAE, commenced cricket season amongst the Indian players. From UAE the players flew straight to Australia for a long tour. After a couple of weeks gap, they hosted England for another all-format tour. Players like Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, and Mohammed Siraj have been in the bio-bubble since the IPL.
Within a week’s time, post the third ODI against England on Sunday, all the players will join the bubbles of their respective franchises for IPL 2020.
Post which India will travel to England for another long tour; the final of the World Test Championship is slated for June 18; the squad has to leave soon after the conclusion of the IPL – the final is on May 30th – to undergo quarantine. Because of the quarantine period, the players will not return back home ahead of the 5-match Test series in England in August-September.
In no time since then, the T20 World Cup will approach in October-November, before which the BCCI is looking to host South Africa and New Zealand for bilateral T20I series as well.
Scheduling needs to be looked at in the future: Virat Kohli
Hence, skipper Virat Kohli has expressed his concerns over the toll the jam-packed schedule and the bio-bubble will take on the players’ mental and physical health. After India’s victory against England in Pune, the 32-year-old said that the board needs to take care of the same as the players cannot be at their best all the time.
“Scheduling needs to be looked at in the future, [especially] in these times. Because playing in bio-bubbles will be difficult, and everyone can’t have the same mental capacity all the time. I am sure things will be discussed in the future,” Virat Kohli said.