Team India landed in Australia on November 12, but they are still under quarantine period. The full-fledged tour is set to start from November 27, but the visiting nation is likely to complete quarantine one or two days before the start of the series. Already being in a bio-bubble for over two months during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, another long self-isolation is taking a toll on players’ mental health.
According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, one of the players of the touring squad has started to get affected by the life in the bubble. Rather he has called it a ‘five-star prison.’
Several players have talked about the mental fatigue that they go through while being confined in a room for a whole day. Although it is a new normal, the players are finding it hard to adapt to it.
Team India not allowed to do group meetings:
The report further explained the restrictions imposed on team India players in the bio-bubble in Australia. In Sydney, the players are moving in four mega vehicles with only 10-11 of them allowed in each of them. Moreover, they are also told to maintain a safe distance while being inside the vehicle as well.
The visitors are also not allowed to do group meetings and dine together. The players are even restricted to move out of their hotel or hotel room and aren’t allowed to work out too. All these restrictions could be lifted once the quarantine period ends ahead of the three-match ODI series which is set to start on November 27. India and Australia are also then scheduled to face each other in three T20Is and four Tests.
While the ODIs and T20Is will be played in Sydney and Canberra, the first of the four-Test matches will be hosted by Adelaide (D/N Test). The following three matches of the tour will then take place in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.