Eoin Morgan and Jason Holder have expressed their reservations about cricketers spending lengthy periods in bio-secure bubbles by warning that it can lead to extreme burnout.
Both England’s Eoin Morgan and West Indian Jason Holder have spent time in bio-secure bubbles over the past few months, including the one put in place by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to manage the home summer season where West Indies and Pakistan toured England.
Eoin Morgan: England Fulfilled All International Fixtures Which Was Unbelievable
Eoin Morgan said England managed to fulfil all of the international commitments and were fortunate to be back playing after the coronavirus induced pandemic resulted in cancellations and postponements.
The English white-ball skipper added that players can’t be expected to spend extended periods in these bubbles.
“But to keep that level of bubble for a 12-month period, or 10 of the 12 months that we normally travel, I think is untenable. I actually think it’s probably one of the more challenging times for anybody involved in the cricket industry.”
“You can drill a player both mentally and physically. And it can cause extreme burnout, which nobody wants to see,” he added.
Several players like Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh and Lasith Malinga opted out of IPL 2020 citing personal issues, but exact reasons were unknown.
Jason Holder: Challenging And Demanding To Continue To Entertain People
Jason Holder, who captained the West Indian squad to England which marked the resumption of international cricket after the coronavirus outbreak was in complete agreement with newly appointed Kolkata Knight Riders skipper 2019 England’s World Cup-winning skipper Eoin Morgan.
“It’s been demanding. It has been challenging. I’m blessed to be still working. There are lots of people in the world not working because of Covid and we’re still given the opportunity to entertain people and do something we really love.”
“But something needs to be thought of in order to just try to free up things a little bit more for the players” mental health,” Holder added.
The 34-year-old England and KKR skipper Eoin Morgan predicted that more and more players will pull-out from tours to protect their mental health.
“As a team, we’ve accepted that guys will come in and out of the bubble as they feel it’s affecting their mental health. Their health is a priority.”
“So I do think we’ll see more players pull out of tours. That’s just the reality of things,” he added.
The mental health of athletes has come to the forefront in the past couple of years but increased substantially now with players spending time isolated from their families and friends.
“Lockdown for us in the UK was primarily focused on physical wellbeing, but maybe that was detriment of mental wellbeing.”
“And then they step away for a month, just because of the extraordinary circumstances,” Morgan said.
Jason Holder who replaced injured Mitchell Marsh in SunRisers Hyderabad squad himself has spent several weeks in isolation due to the Test series against England and in T20 leagues like Caribbean Premier League and the IPL.
“I had two months in (the bubble) England. Then I was home literally for two days before I went to Trinidad (for the CPL) for a month-and-a-half.”
“And if you look at scheduling, it doesn’t get any easier. It’s literally going from bubble to bubble. Some places are accepting families and some aren’t.
“So it makes it harder to be away from your family and your loved ones. I haven’t seen Barbados properly in about five months and I don’t know when I’ll get back there,” Holder added.
Jason Holder spent a few days in Barbados before being back in isolation after SRH called him to replace Mitchell Marsh in their squad.