After the ODI series against England on Sunday, Virat Kohli expressed concerns over the mental fatigue due to bubble life. The Indian captain insisted that authorities will have to find a better way of scheduling while going forward since bubble life for players is not sustainable. However, BCCI doesn’t feel Kohli’s suggestions are realistic.
A BCCI official told ANI that games at the international level are unlikely to be reduced since the board is relying on revenue from these games. The official also insisted that the only other solution is to follow the rotation policy that is being implemented by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
This official also insisted that the revenue from these games is going to help BCCI to maintain order in domestic cricket and provide financial security to domestic cricketers. Furthermore, he also insisted that a situation of club vs country will arise if players are forced to prioritise international cricket over the Indian Premier League.
The bubble life has been challenging for few Indian players. Multi-format players have been living in a bubble since IPL 2020 in September and October until the end of the series against England last week. More than the physical fatigue in the bubble, players find it difficult during the quarantine period. Numerous cricketers such as Tom Banton and Tom Curran have withdrawn their names from different tournaments to take a break from bubble life.
Indian players will also need managing in 2021 as they have a gruesome schedule ahead. After IPL 2021, there is a World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton. The Indian team will stay in England after the final to play five-match Test series against England. This long test series will be followed by the T-20 series against South Africa and New Zealand in India. Finally, the T-20 World Cup will be hosted by India in October. Kohli’s concerns are understandable, so BCCI will have to find a pathway to keep all players mentally fit during these challenging times.