BCCI likely to cancel Indian players’ bio-bubble break due to spike in COVID cases in the UK

Keeping the mental health of the players in account, the BCCI had earlier decided to give them all a three-week break from the bio-bubble environment.

Aditya Kumar Editor

Updated - 24 June 2021 8:35 pm

It has not been even 24 hours to the disappointing loss Team India suffered to New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship, and Virat Kohli & Co. are set to face another blow. When Ross Taylor ended the game with his trademark flick, the Indian players might have thought that it was the worst thing happening to them, however, it wasn't the case.

Notably, India's next assignment is the five-match Test series against England starting August 4. Keeping the mental health of the players in account, the BCCI had earlier decided to give them all a three-week break from the bio-bubble environment to have some good family time and an escape from the bio-secure bubble for a while. However, given the recent spike in the COVID cases in the United Kingdom, the Indian team management is reconsidering its call to leave players out of the bubble. This in turn might see Team India spending the rest of the days inside the packed environment only.

Indian team management currently monitoring COVID situation in England

Giving an update on the plan, BCCI’s treasurer Arun Dhumal clarified that the management hasn't taken any decision on it yet. He added that they are currently observing the situation and the break might be called off in case the COVID situation worsens in the UK.

“We are monitoring the situation and if the condition worsens, we will take a call accordingly, We haven’t taken a final call on it yet,” Arun Dhumal, BCCI’s treasurer told InsideSport.

India's series against England starts August 4 with the final Test slated to kick off on September 10. Soon after that majority of the players will move to UAE for the remainder of IPL 2021, which will be followed by the T20 World Cup. If everything pans out according to the plan, spending such a long time in the bio-bubble might take a toll on the players' mental health.

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