England and Wales cricket chief defends relaxation at Bio-Bubble



Tom Harrison, chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Thursday the board had decided to give relaxation to the vital bubble looking at players’ well-being and mental health. Previously, Three players from England and four members of the support team have tested positive For COVID-19, and as a result, management had to select a completely different squad for the ODIs against Pakistan. Ahead of England’s Five Test Series against India from August 4, India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has tested positive for COVID-19.

As Bant nears completion of the quarantine period, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said Thursday that assistant coaching assistant Dayanand Garani has also tested positive for COVID-19.

“We want people to feel good about going out and playing whatever tournament they’re playing, whether it’s the 100, whether it’s a Test series against India, whether it’s district cricket and RL50,” Harrison is quoted by ESPNcricinfo as saying.

“We want people to feel that their lives are paying off, both at home and as a professional cricketer, both men and women.

“We don’t want to be close to the players in a place like this where they feel that the only role they play in their lives is to go out and bat with whatever team they play.

“I think this is a bad place for us. We have to understand what it means to be a responsible employer, so we can get the best out of the players.”

“This is by treating them like adults, and by speaking and communicating openly about how best to mitigate the effects of this ongoing pandemic,” he added.

Speaking about player care, Harrison said: “You have to listen to what they’re telling us, and it’s been very clear to most boards around the world that we need to listen more to the players’ voices.

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“Because they also have souls and in some cases very small families, they have been dispersed for very long periods of time.

“I fear that there will come a point where it is no longer acceptable to reply again, ‘Back to the hack, dear friends.

“I don’t think this is an acceptable place for responsible employers to keep going. So it’s about balance,” he added.

The test series between India and England will begin on August 4 at Trent Bridge.

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