Players around the world might be excited to play in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) but there is little denying that the players face a challenging task in this year’s competition. Unlike the previous editions, the players won’t be able to enjoy the tournament to the fullest because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In fact, the players won’t even be able to move out of the facilities because of the bio-secure bubble. Staying in the bio-secure bubbles could really take a toll on the players’ mental health and they will have to find out new ways to keep themselves in a good condition.
Well, former Australia pacer Brett Lee has a suggestion for the players who are set to play in IPL 2020. The legendary pacer has said that guitar and card games are some options to explore for the players in the bio-secure bubble during their long stay in the UAE, the venue for the tournament.
The IPL will be held in the United Arab Emirates from September 19 to November 10 in a controlled environment owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. Brett Lee believed players will act responsibly during the IPL this year and if bored in hotel rooms, they should learn to play the guitar.
“Firstly, for your health, the most important thing to do is to make sure you social distance and you adhere by the Covid standards, so I don’t reckon any player would want to go out and do the wrong thing,” Brett Lee said on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.
“It’s also for their teams and their fans, because if the IPL didn’t happen, it would be a catastrophe, wouldn’t it? Around the world, people want to see cricket, they are missing sport. I believe that all sportsmen, certainly cricketers, will make sure that they do the right thing and that is playing by the rules, staying inside the bubble,” he added.
Brett Lee, who is part of the rock band Six & Out and plays the bass guitar, further spoke on the activities that the players could try while being in their hotel rooms.
“Look, it’s an eight to nine-week tournament, they are getting paid really, really well, they are putting on a great show for the world, so embrace the eight weeks, learn the guitar.
“See, I love playing in my hotel room. I don’t need to go out and play golf, get the guitar out, play some cards, have some fun,” he added.