“In terms of bio-bubbles, you do all the testing, quarantine and then on the second day of the Test match, what if one player is declared positive? What happens then? The rules, as they apply now, will see the Public Ministry of Health come and place everyone in quarantine, “said Dravid.
Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid felt the ambition to continue cricket in a bio-secure environment was “unrealistic”, giving a thumbs up to the concept that was mainly floated by the Cricket Board of England and Wales.
Looking to restart its cricket season after weeks of inactivity due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ECB recently announced that it would have a safe place to host Pakistan and the West Indies later this summer.
But great hit Dravid was not convinced by that concept.
“It’s a little unrealistic to have things at this level, which the ECB is talking about. Obviously, the ECB is very interested in doing this series because they don’t have other crickets …,” Dravid said when a webinar was conducted to support YUVA, a nonprofit organization.
“Even if they could potentially create bubbles and manage them that way, I don’t think it would be possible for everyone to do it with the type of calendar we have, with the trips you take on tours and the number of people involved,” he added.
Not just the ECB, even South Africa has suggested that tours scheduled by India can be tried in a safe environment.
“We all hope that things will develop over time and get better after we get better treatment.
“In terms of bio-bubbles, you do all the testing, quarantine and then on the second day of the Test match, what if one player is declared positive? What happens then? The rules, as they apply now, will see the Public Ministry of Health come and place everyone quarantined. “
That means the sudden end of the process in the Test match.
“… it puts an end to all expenses made to get everyone there and to create that environment.
“We have to work with the Department of Health and Government authorities to find a way where even if a test player is positive, the whole tournament is not canceled,” Dravid, who heads the National Cricket Academy, added.
Cricket, like all other global sports, has stopped screeching due to the coronavirus pandemic. Players have been locked up in their homes because lockouts are applied to contain a pandemic.
“On a professional level, players will adjust and not let it affect their performance much. A professional, once he gets on the field, has a lot of pride in himself.
“So, they will find a way to deal with it. But the experience in the end will not be the same.”
He said sportsmen would surely lose the experience of performing in front of a crowded stands if the sport walked behind closed doors.
“Players like to play in front of the crowd, get involved with their fans and it adds tremendous complexity to the sport. I think that’s what players will definitely miss. There is personal satisfaction when you appear in front of a large crowd.”
Dravid advises players to only focus on things that are within their control, such as how to regain their skills after a long and unexpected pause.
“As sportsmen, we are used to dealing with a lot of uncertainties during our careers. Everything doesn’t fall into place. You tend to be afraid and worry about things but I think one of the things I will do is think of things that I can control.
“All you can control is your preparation, training, emotional and mental well-being. You can’t control your results or appearance … it might take a little time to catch up to their initial level of expertise. But it won’t take long, like riding a bicycle.
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