A player quoted in Indian media reports have said that the IPL bio bubble was not as tight as it when the tournament took place in UAE last year.
A PTI report quoted a player, who did not wish to be named. “It wasn’t as secure as it was in the UAE, where not a single case cropped up during tournament-proper even though there were some who tested positive before it got rolling,” the report read.
“Though teams and BCCI tried their best, the bubble was much tighter in the UAE. Here you could see people coming and going even though they were on different floors. I saw some use the pool also. Then practice facilities were also far away,” he said.
“There were contrasting views among players and support staff on what was happening outside. Some wanted the IPL to go on, some didn’t. And when the virus did enter the bubble, there was uneasiness…,” the report quoted the unnamed cricketer as saying.
“The foreign players were professional throughout. They were just worried about how they would get home.”
Another player said the bubble seemed secure when the tournament started but not as much after that.
“It (Bubble) was good only at the start. But no one knows how COVID entered,” NDTV quoted a player as saying on conditions of anonymity.
Another player, who requested anonymity, said he didn’t feel too anxious even when cases were reported in the bubble and neither did the foreigners who were a part of his team.
“We were normal. There was no anxiety or fear, not even among the foreign players,” asserted the promising domestic cricketer, who had a decent outing in the league.
Many of the foreign players in the IPL have returned home since the suspension of the tournament with the Australian players headed for the Maldives after the tournament’s abrupt suspension over the coronavirus crisis in the south Asian nation. Bangladesh stars Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman also returned to the country today after getting special permission from competent authority.