James Pamment : Some Senior Indians Didn't Like Being Restricted Inside IPL 2021 Bio Bubble
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Some Senior Indians Didn’t Like Being Restricted Inside IPL 2021 Bio Bubble, Says James Pamment

James Pamment, former New Zealand cricketer. (Photo Source: Stuff.co.nz)
James Pamment, former New Zealand cricketer. (Photo Source: Stuff.co.nz)

James Pamment, Mumbai Indians’ (MI) fielding coach has claimed that some senior Indian players did not like being subjected to restrictions inside the currently-suspended Indian Premier League’s (IPL) bio-bubble, but it felt completely safe until the time cases from participating teams hadn’t come to light.

James Pamment did not elaborate on his assertion about the Indian players and did not take any names either. The IPL was suspended on May 4.

Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians (Image Credit: Twitter)

James Pamment: Some Indian Senior Players Didn’t Like Being Restricted

James Pamment, along with Trent Boult, Finn Allen, Jimmy Neesham, Adam Milne, Scott Kuggeleijn, Shane Bond, and Mike Hesson reached their country Saturday night after IPL 2021 was suspended midway owing to the rising cases of Covid-19 in the country.

“Some of the senior Indian guys don’t like being restricted and told what to do,” he was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.

“But we did feel safe – at no point did we feel the bubble would be compromised…We felt travel was always going to be a challenge.”

Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah | MI Twitter
Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah | MI Twitter

The New Zealander, a former Northern Districts coach, said he and the MI players started to feel apprehensive shortly before the competition was halted.

“It was when cases started to come with the teams [that the concerns grew]. They [players] were a little more fearful, a little more apprehensive,” said the 52-year-old, who returned home on Saturday.

“Chennai (Super Kings) announced their cases and we’d played Chennai at the weekend, so straight away the dynamic changed; I certainly noticed from within my group. I’d spend most of my time with the Kiwis and the Aussies; their mindset had changed. We started to get Indian guys in our environment whose families were sick. There were bereavements as well and we were taking a bit of a cue from those guys who were saying ‘no, we want to carry on’ and the messages were coming back that this is a good distraction.”

James Pamment, who had been in India since January said he felt safe in the bio-secure bubble set up by Mumbai Indians and it was only the inter-city travel that was posed a concerning issue, according to him.

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James Pamment said at no stage did he feel his health was going to be put in jeopardy within the bubble set up by MI at a Mumbai hotel.

“…as long as everyone was disciplined and people weren’t tempted, you did feel confident you’d be fine, and everybody around you would be fine…an extremely safe bubble being formed.”

James Pamment
James Pamment Image courtesy Mumbai Indians

He said long before the suspension of IPL 2021 that he was aware of the pandemic getting worse in India and the event should not have been spread across six venues.

“If it (IPL) had been held solely in Mumbai, perhaps it’d have been easily managed, but once cases rise in Mumbai, you’re looking at ground staff, you’re looking at different service-type people that it’s going to be hard to manage,” he said.

“We had a case ourselves on our first travel to Chennai – it was a support-staff member, fortunately picked up very quickly and he was isolated, and none of the people considered close contacts to him were infected. It was a very early reminder that your bubble’s not impenetrable. We probably got even stricter around how we operated.”

He also said that allowing 70,000 spectators in Ahmedabad for the last two-Test matches of the 4 Tests series against England “was a little irresponsible and now Ahmedabad is a hot-bed of Covid.”