Mumbai Indians fielding coach James Pamment has claimed that senior Indian players do not like being restricted in a bio-secure environment.
Pamment, however, did not elaborate on his claim, and neither did he take any names.
The 14th season of the Indian Premier League was suspended last week following multiple Covid cases across four different franchises.
James Pamment, however, reckoned that the bio-bubble felt pretty safe until the time the cases hadn’t come to light.
“Some of the senior Indian guys don’t like being restricted and told what to do,” James Pamment was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.
”But we did feel safe – at no point did we feel the bubble would be compromised … We felt the travel was always going to be a challenge,” he said.
Pamment added that it was when the cases started mounting that he and the players started feeling apprehensive
“It was when cases started to come with the teams. They were a little more fearful, a little more apprehensive,” said James Pamment.
“Chennai (CSK) announced their cases and we’d played Chennai at the weekend, so straight away, the dynamic changed. I certainly noticed from within my group. I’d spend most of my time with the Kiwis and the Aussies, their mindset had changed,” he said.
“We started to get Indian guys in our environment whose families were sick. There were bereavements as well and we were taking a bit of a cue from those guys who were saying, ‘no, we want to carry on’, and the messages were coming back that this is a good distraction.”
The Mumbai Indians fielding coach said that no point did he feel that his health was going to be jeopardized within the bubble set-up by his franchise at a Mumbai hotel.
“You felt as long as everyone was disciplined and people weren’t tempted. You did feel confident you’d be fine, and everybody around you would be fine…an extremely safe bubble being formed.” he said.
He further added that staging the IPL across six different cities was a mistake and that the tournament would have been better managed had it solely been staged in Mumbai.
“If it (IPL) had been held solely in Mumbai, perhaps it’d have been easily managed, but once cases rise in Mumbai, you’re looking at ground staff, you’re looking at different service-type people that it’s going to be hard to manage,” he said.
“We had a case ourselves on our first travel to Chennai – it was a support staff member, fortunately, picked up very quickly and he was isolated, and none of the people considered close contacts to him were infected. It was a very early reminder that your bubble’s not impenetrable. We probably got even stricter around how we operated.” James Pamment added.
James Pamment signed off by saying that allowing 70,000 odd people to attend a Test match in Ahmedabad was a ‘little irresponsible’
“I was a little irresponsible and now Ahmedabad is a hotbed of COVID,” he added.