Following a massive reduction in the number of COVID cases in the country, the BCCI are considering contesting the home series against South Africa without a bio-bubble. The Proteas side will visit India to compete in a five-match T20I series.
Ease in COVID restrictions have been imposed all over the country. As a result, the crowd capacity for the ongoing IPL was also increased by three times.
The idea of playing the series without a bio-bubble has come on the back of concern among players when it comes to their mental health. Several players have had to be part of multiple bio-bubbles for a prolonged period of time.
“Some players have got periodic breaks but if you look at the bigger picture, living in a bio-bubble one series after another and now two months of IPL is simply exhausting for the players,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
BCCI recently released the schedule and the venues that will play host to the limited-overs matches. This would be the second time that India will host a five-match T20I series at home. Delhi, Cuttack, Vizag, Rajkot, and Bengaluru are scheduled to host the series which begins on 9 and ends on the 19th.
“If all goes well and things remain in control like it is right now, there will be no bio-bubbles and hard quarantine during the home series against South Africa,”
“Then we are going to Ireland and England and there won’t be any bio-bubble in those countries too.”
Moreover, the BCCI are also considering resting some of the senior players for the series due to workload. While the players were rested and rotated over the course of the home season, the majority are playing consistently in the IPL.
The board has hinted that some of the aforementioned senior players will be rested over the course of the series, while a few players would not be selected at all.
However, the series poses to be a crucial step in terms of Team India’s preparation for the 2022 T20 World Cup. The Men In Blue have been unbeaten in the shortest format since losing to New Zealand in the 2021 edition of the tournament in the UAE.
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