Sophie Ecclestone, England off-spinner, has revealed the reason for her not playing in the ongoing Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) in Australia. She has reasoned the fatigue caused by staying in the bio-bubble for a long time for her opting out of the WBBL.
Currently, she is quarantining in the UAE where she will be a part of the Women’s T20 Challenge set up by the BCCI. Ecclestone gave an interview to ESPNCricinfo, where she talked about the challenges in the bio-bubble.
I’ll pass and try and do it next year: Sophie Ecclestone
Sophie Eccleston said that earlier she was ready to go to Australia for the WBBL and was going to play for Perth Scorchers. However, after living in the bio-secure bubble for two weeks before England’s international games, she decided she couldn’t take it, mentally and physically for about a month in the WBBL. She sent an email to her team telling about the decision to pull out of the tournament and expects them to have her back next season.
Sophie Ecclestone said to ESPNcricinfo, “I was going to go to the Big Bash. Initially I said yes, but since the quarantine was two weeks and in a bubble I was like: no, I’m all right, I’ll pass and try and do it next year. When this [the Women’s T20 Challenge] came along with six days of quarantine and in Dubai, I thought I could cope with that.
“I was going at one point. I had to send them an email saying: I’m really sorry, but I don’t think I can do it. Hopefully I can do it next year. I was meant to be going. I feel bad really, but hopefully they’ll have me back at some point.”
Some of her England teammates will be participating in the league. After completing the international duties, they will have a three-day break and have to undergo 14-day quarantine again in Sydney. Sophie Ecclestone told that that would be too much for her.
“I think the girls had a three-day turnaround before they flew to quarantine in Australia. I think that would have been too much”, she added.
The WBBL started on October 25th and will conclude by the end of November. Meanwhile, the Women’s T20 Challenge begins on 4th November in the UAE.