Mumbai Indians pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile has been amongst the handful of Australian players deciding to stay thus far for IPL 2021 amid India being in crisis. Though Nathan Coulter-Nile has not played a game yet in this year’s tournament, he offers the franchise a good option should they suffer an injury. The right-arm seamer understands the reason for his fellow countrymen leaving; however, he claimed that feeling safer within the bio-bubble.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore announced via their official Twitter handle that Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa left as concerns grow regarding the Australian government’s consideration of banning flights from India. India is facing a severe problem since COVID-19’s second wave has seen the nation registering over 300000 infections continuously in the last many days. The health care system has crippled and been unable to meet the requirements for critical patients who need oxygen cylinders.
Nathan Coulter-Nile claimed that everyone might have different opinions and views about the ongoing situation. The 33-year old expressed his surprise to see Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, and Kane Richardson leave and even spoke to Zampa to convince him to stay back. However, Coulter-Nile understands their point and according to him, it’s safer to be in the bubble than trying to get home.
“Everyone’s got their own opinions on it and different situations for them. I was surprised to see AJ go home, and then Zamps and Richo, but when you speak to them, you definitely understand where they’re coming from. I spoke to Zamps a little while ago and he made a very compelling argument for going home. But for me, I feel like it’s safer for me to stay in the bubble than try and get home at the moment,” Coulter-Nile told cricket.com.au.
In terms of testing, they are pretty onto it: Nathan Coulter-Nile
Nathan Coulter-Nile placed his faith in the testing protocols by IPL’s authorities, claiming that the players, staff, and all the workers go through the medical examinations thrice a day. The Western Australian stated that the bubble measures are pretty secure and not more one could do. He believes that if everyone abides by it, they should be fine.
“We have a rapid response test in the morning ahead of another test later in the day, and then one at night as well,” he said of the three-times-a-day testing. And that’s for everyone – players, staff, the people who do laundry, cleaners, everyone. In terms of testing, they are pretty onto it. I’m as confident in the bubble as you can be. All the protocols and measures are in place, I can’t think of anything more we could be doing. As long as everyone follows them – that’s the hardest bit, there’s a lot of moving parts – but if everyone does the right thing, we should be fine,” he added.