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Extended Bio Bubbles Cause Extreme Burnout: Eoin Morgan

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.

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Eoin Morgan. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

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.

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Eion Morgan. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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.

Jason Holder
Jason Holder (Image Credit: Google)

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.

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England vs West Indies 2020: Jofra Archer Permitted To Play In Third Test After Fine And Written Warning

Jofra Archer has been permitted to play in the Third Test against West Indies after being dropped ahead of the second Test because of breaching the bio-secure environment. The managing director of England’s men team, Ashley Giles chaired the disciplinary hearing against Archer. The final decision was taken to charge him with a fine apart from written warning.

Jofra Archer had violated the bio-secure bubble during his travel from the Ageas Bowl to Old Trafford. He had visited his house for one hour in between the journey and had contacted one person. When England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was informed about Archer’s blunder, he was dropped hours before the start of the second Test match. 

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Earlier, Ashley Giles had said that Jofra Archer’s irresponsible behaviour might have caused a disaster. ECB could have faced tens of millions of pounds because of the pacer’s mistake, as per Giles.

According to ESPN Cricinfo, he was fined around £15,000, the value of his match fee for the second Test 

Jofra Archer awaits for his second COVID-19 test:

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer. Credit: Twitter

Currently, Archer has self-isolated himself at Old Trafford’s hotel. He has been tested one time and reports turned out to be negative. On Monday, second COVID-19 test will be conducted and if it also comes out negative, he will join the England team for the last Test match. 

Well, the World Cup winner was not given harsh punishment though his mistake would have heavily costed the board. His previous good record’s kept him out of any strict action. 

ECB has created a bio-secure bubble which means the player and staff members will not meet any outsider until the end of the tour. This safety protocol was implemented to prevent the spread of the infectious virus. 

Meanwhile, West Indies are leading in the series as they have won the first Test match. But they seem to struggle in the second Test after England had scored 469 runs in their first innings. Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes ground the visitors with their centuries on the second day. As of now, Rain has halted the game on the third day as West Indies have lost their one wicket for 32 runs. 

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England vs West Indies 2020: Jofra Arhcer’s Breach Of Bio-Secure Environment Could Have Been Disaster: Ashley Giles

England team’s managing director Ashley Giles has opined that Jofra Archer’s negligence of the bio-secure environment protocol could have caused a disaster. The pacer was dropped ahead of the ongoing second Test against West Indies at Old Trafford after being found guilty of breaching safety laws amid the coronavirus.

During his journey between the Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford, Jofra Archer had visited his home for an hour while breaking the safety bubble. According to ESPNCricinfo, he had contact one other person at his home in Brighton. Though it was a short trip to home, it would have cost ECB tens of millions of pounds, as per Giles.

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Jofra Archer. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“This could have been disaster. The ripple effect from this small act could have cost us tens of millions of pounds, ” Giles said.

“The potential knock on effect I don’t think Jofra could have understood. We made it clear what we expected but maybe he did not quite understand,” he added. 

Currently, the pacer is under self-isolation in the hotel at Old Trafford for five days. He will be tested two times during that period before joining the team in the last Test match.

Jofra Archer will have to face disciplinary action:

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer. Credit: Twitter

Barbados-born cricketer would have had to face the consequences of his action. He will have to face disciplinary action for his substantial mistake.

“There has to be consequence to every action and there will be a process we go through. There will be a disciplinary process. That is as much as I want to say on that as it is an employment matter.”

As Jofra Archer had apologized for his wrong action, Giles said that the 25-year-old fast bowler is disappointed for his action but he is young and would learn from his mistakes

“Jofra has demonstrated how sorry he is but it is clearly very disappointing for the whole group,” Giles said. “But he is a young man and young men make mistakes. He has to learn from it.”

Meanwhile, England has an upper hand against West Indies at Old Trafford. The first day of the second Test match ended with the host scoring 207 runs at the loss of three wickets while Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes were batting.

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Shaun Pollock Supports Use Of Saliva Or Sweat If Players Are Provided ‘Bio-Secure Environment’

Banning or using saliva or sweat on the ball has become a never-ending debate since the outbreak of the coronavirus. Various former and current cricketers have given their views, but so far, no solution has been found. These natural substances, which assists the bowlers, are now associated with the spread of the virus. So, their usage is under question. Former South African pacer Shaun Pollock has said that the use of sweat and saliva will not harm if players are kept under a bio-secure environment.

Use of saliva doesn’t matter if there are no symptoms: Shaun Pollock

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Faf du Plessis using saliva on the ball. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Shaun Pollock, who has represented Proteas in 303 ODIs and 101 Tests, has said that the players need to be kept in a safe environment ahead of a match. They shall be regularly tested and monitored and also will have to follow two weeks quarantine. As per him, if no one is infected, the game can be continued as normal and then shining the ball would also be not the problem.

“I think the environment that’ll end up being created is almost going to be like a bubble, People will get tested, they’ll go into a two-week camp where they’re just going to sit and monitor how the conditions of their bodies change. And if there are no symptoms, it doesn’t really matter about shining the ball then, because you’re in the bubble and no one you come into contact with will have coronavirus,” said Shaun Pollock.

“So you can just get on with normal proceedings. I’d presume that there’d be no crowds in place, every single environment they go into would be cleaned down and sprayed, and everything along those lines,” added Pollock.

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Ravichandran Ashwin. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Shaun Pollock also supports to create these bio-secure environments to ensure a safe T20 World Cup in Australia at the end of the year.

“I think Australia is probably in the best scenario to create a little bit of a vacuum or bubble where maybe things can happen,’ explained the 46-year-old Pollock.

What is a biosecure environment?

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Stuart Broad. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

Biosecurity is a set of measures aimed at preventing the introduction and/or spread of the harmful virus. For instance, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is planning to create such safety environments for the cricketers. As Pakistan and West Indies are set to tour England to play the Test series, ECB has chosen the venues who have on-site hotels which mean no team bus travels and no stepping out. The touring nation will also have to follow the quartine period, and a medical team will be with them who will do regular check-ups.

Well, will it be implemented successfully? Will it ensure players safety? There is no confirmed answer to that because this will be the first time any such thing that will be introduced in sports.