The Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2022 season has started to see multiple foreign players withdrawing midway through the tournament and several reports have claimed that fatigue and mental exhaustion inside bio-bubble are the reasons for the player pulling out of the tournament.
Two England players in Alex Hales and Ben Duckett have withdrawn from the Pakistan Super League with both citing strict bio-secure bubbles. The two English opening batters had participated in Australia’s Big Bash League prior to joining their respective teams at the PSL.
Hales had been playing for Islamabad United, who have signed Surrey all-rounder Will Jacks as his replacement, while Duckett’s Quetta Gladiators have brought back another Englishman, Will Smeed.
“To all the Islamabad and PSL fans, I am extremely sorry to have to leave the tournament early. Unfortunately, the last four months away from home in Covid bubbles has taken a considerable toll on me. The BBL bubble being enforced midway through the tournament was unexpected and the PSL bubble has been understandably very strict and unfortunately, it has just all caught up with me,” Alex Hales had wrote on Instagram.
Overseas Players Want To Visit Outdoor Places. They Can’t Spend Free Time Playing Carrom Or Ludo: Report
Several players are reportedly unhappy with the strict bio-bubble of the Pakistan Super League season seven, with eventually led to the withdrawal of foreign cricketers from the league. According to Cricket Pakistan, this was the reason which forced Islamabad United’s Alex Hales and Quetta Gladiators Ben Duckett to pull out from the tournament.
Not only this, but reports have emerged that several other players have also raised voices in this regard and asked to provide some more facilities in an open-air environment.
The first part of PSL 2022 was played in Karachi, where PCB had booked an entire hotel and players were able to do activities like golf or team sessions in a controlled environment. But in Lahore, the board has booked just a separate wing and players cannot venture outside.
“Foreign cricketers cannot spend their free time playing ludo or carom, they want to visit outdoor places, many big names did not come to Pakistan because of the hard bio bubble,” the Saama TV quoted an unnamed player.
However, the tournament has gone without hiccups till now.