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KL Rahul likley to lead India during home series vs New Zealand

In a bid to provide relief to the senior Team India players from the continous fatigue due to the bubble life, KL Rahul could reportedly lead India in the upcoming home T20I series against New Zeland, scheduled to begin just after the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Notably, several Indian players have been in bubble since a long time as after the World Test Championship (WTC) in June against New Zealand, they were in England for the five-match series and later travelled to the UAE to participate in the remainder of the 14th edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL).

They players are even now in bubble due to the ongoing T20 World Cup.

Recently, after suffering their second consecutive defeat in the ongoing ICC T20 Men’s World Cup, Team India pacer Jasprit Bumrah had said that India is struggling from ‘bubble fatigue’ amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the players are feeling the effects of being on the road for six months.

Commenting on it, Bumrah told reporters: “Absolutely, sometimes you need a break. You miss your family. You’ve been on the road for six months. So all of that sometimes play on the back of your mind. But when you are on the field, you don’t think of all those things…obviously staying in a bubble and staying away from your family for such a long period of time does play a role.”

“The BCCI also tried their best to make us feel comfortable … It’s a difficult time. There’s a pandemic going on, so we try to adapt but sometimes bubble fatigue, mental fatigue also creeps in,” he added.

Bumrah further expressed: “We tried to give us some cushion. We wanted to get extra runs that could give us an advantage in the second innings.”

Significantly, Team India were one of the pre-tournament favourites to lift the coveted trophy but now face an uphill task to make it to the semi-finals of the showpiece event.

Several top Indian cricketers like skipper Virat Kohli, his deputy Rohit Sharma, Bumrah and Mohammad Shami have all been in bio-bubbles since the start of World Test Championship (WTC) in Southampton earlier in June this year and would be handed much-needed rest.

The board is also thinking to rest these players and hand them a break so that they could rejuvenate themselves before the South Africa tour starting December end.

Uncapped players like Ruturaj Gaikwad, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan and Venkatesh Iyer, who all have impressed in the 14th season of the cash-rich league, are in contention for the short series.

Team India will play three T20Is matches on November 17, 19 and 21 at Jaipur, Ranchi and Kolkata respectively againstNew Zealand  before taking the Kiwis in a two-Test series, starting November 25 in Kanpur and December 3 in Mumbai respectively.

After the home series against the Kiwis, the Indian team will tour South Africa for three Tests, as many One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and four T20Is.

Team India suffering from ‘bubble fatigue’: Jasprit Bumrah

After suffering their second consecutive defeat in the ongoing ICC T20 Men’s World Cup, Team India pacer Jasprit Bumrah has said that India is struggling from ‘bubble fatigue’ amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the players are feeling the effects of being on the road for six months.

On Sunday, India went down to New Zealand by eight wickets in Dubai and slipped to the fifth place in Group 2 of the Super 12 stage. What happened worse for the Men in Blue that even if the Virat Kohli-led side wins all of their remaining three matches, it won’t be enough to secure them a place in the semi-finals of the showpiece event.

Notably, the Indian players have been in bubble since a long time as after the World Test Championship (WTC) in June against New Zealand, they were in England for the five-match series and later travelled to the UAE to participate in the remainder of the 14th edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL).

Commenting on it, Bumrah told reporters: “Absolutely, sometimes you need a break. You miss your family. You’ve been on the road for six months. So all of that sometimes play on the back of your mind. But when you are on the field, you don’t think of all those things…obviously staying in a bubble and staying away from your family for such a long period of time does play a role.”

“The BCCI also tried their best to make us feel comfortable … It’s a difficult time. There’s a pandemic going on, so we try to adapt but sometimes bubble fatigue, mental fatigue also creeps in,” he added.

Bumrah further expressed: “We tried to give us some cushion. We wanted to get extra runs that could give us an advantage in the second innings.”

Significantly, Team India were one of the pre-tournament favourites to lift the coveted trophy but now face an uphill task to make it to the semi-finals of the showpiece event.

On the other side, skipper Kohli admitted that his side wasn’t brave enough in any department of the game.

“I don’t think we were brave enough with bat or ball. We didn’t have much to defend but we weren’t brave when we walked out to field. When you play for the Indian cricket team you have a lot of expectations – not just from fans, but players as well,” Kohli said after the defeat against the Kiwis.

“So there’s always going to be more pressure with our games and we’ve embraced it over the years. Everyone who plays for India has to embrace it. And when you cope together as a team you overcome it and we haven’t done it these two games. Just because you’re the Indian team and there are expectations doesn’t mean you start playing differently. I think we’re fine, there’s a lot of cricket left to play,” he added.

The Men in Blue are slated to next face Afghanistan on Wednesday (November 3) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

BCCI appoints VPS Healthcare to manage bio bubbles during T20 World Cup

The UAE-based VPS Healthcare, which had successfully managed the bio-bubble during the just concluded 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) have reappointed the multinational healthcare group for providing medical services in the ongoing edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Notably, it will be the third time when the VPS Healthcare has been entrusted with the responsibility of handling the medical side of a huge cricket tournament.

With a strength of over 2000 people, which will include as many as 16 teams within the bio-secure environment this time, it is going to be the biggest bio-bubble ever managed during any international cricket tournament held in the past couple of years.

The healthcare group will not only look after the players and support staffs but also their families, broadcast crew, BCCI and ICC officials, staff at the hotel and stadium.

Meanwhile, as per reports, the healthcare group has implemented some stringent protocols to avoid any breach of the bio-secure environment during the showpiece event.

Reports said that for the T20 World Cup, the medical group has created a total of twelve bio-bubbles across nine hotels. While seven bio-bubbles are in Dubai, the remaining five have been set up in Abu Dhabi.

Moreover, the healthcare group will also use Rapid RT-PCR tests in case of any emergency as it would give the test results within a short duration of just 20-30 minutes.

“In contrast to the earlier times, all members within the bio-bubble are vaccinated. Despite that, all will undergo regular RT-PCR tests to uphold the safety measures. The testing protocol for the members in the bio-bubble has been set by the ICC,” stated a release.

Throughout the showpiece event, the medical group is expected to conduct more than 20,000 PCR tests. VPS is said to be able in conducting over 2,000 PCR tests per day, with a turnaround time of 6 hours for the results.

VPS will not only secure the bio-bubble but will also provide holistic medical support for the T20 World Cup.

Experienced in offering 360-degree healthcare services for sporting events, it will provide a broad range of services, including emergency medical services, sports medicine support, musculoskeletal imaging, specialist teleconsultation, doctor-on-call, and ambulance/air ambulance support.

VPS Healthcare will also be managing the medical services at the stadiums and during practice sessions of the teams and meanwhile, the company has also put doctors at the hotels of the players, support staffs, broadcast crews and other officials to cater to their need in case of any emergency.

Also as the ICC has allowed 70 percent spectators allowed at the venues, the mediacl group has also set up spectator clinics in the various stadiums to look after any emergency case.

Meanwhile, special arrangements have been put in place across VPS’ Burjeel hospitals in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah for the immediate treatment of players or other stakeholders.

The release also stated that anybody requiring the air ambulance facility will be taken to Burjeel’Medical City, VPS’ quaternary care facility at Mohammed Bin Zayed City in Abu Dhabi.

ICC & UNICEF partner to help break stigma around mental health

The International Cricket Council (ICC) and UNICEF are aiming to raise awareness of mental health and well-being amongst children and adolescents and encourage greater conversation and understanding of it throughout the upcoming Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, beginning on Sunday.

The event – the biggest ever in the UAE and Oman – begins on October 17 and comprises 45 matches across four venues and features cricket’s biggest names and best teams. As the pinnacle of the shortest format of cricket, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 attracts a global audience reaching billions of young fans and families.

The partnership will highlight the need for more conversations around mental health and wellbeing. Mental health is defined as a state of wellbeing in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to their community.

According to the latest available estimates, more than 1 in 7 adolescents aged 10–19 is estimated to live with a diagnosed mental disorder globally.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the issue. School closures and physical distancing measures due to COVID 19 have reduced children and young people’s regular coping mechanisms and contributed to increased isolation and mental health risks.

Lockdownsand other pandemic containment measures, in addition to the direct impact of COVID-19, have resulted in mental stress of parents’ and care givers. This has in turn affected their ability to provide a protective and nurturing environment for their children.

#OnYourMind campaign at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will urge for greater commitment, connection and conversation around mental health and physical wellbeing.

Through this initiative ICC will use its global platforms, including its broadcast and digital channels to support UNICEF’s work and drive the message around: what affects children’s mental health, how to break the silence and talk about mental health wellbeing, destigmatise mental health issues, how to reach out and seek support and what can parents and adults do to improve the mental wellbeing of children.

This partnership comes at the back of ICC’s commitment to ensure the mental and physical wellbeing of over 2,000 individuals that are involved in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, many of whom including players, coaches and support staff, will be in a “managed event environment” throughout.

Commenting on it, Geoff Allardice, Acting CEO ICC said: “Cricket has the incredible power and reach to raise awareness and effect change and we’re proud to partner with UNICEF to help break the stigma around mental health. #OnYourMind encourages us all to talk more openly about this with our children to promote and protect their mental health.”

UNICEF India Representative Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, said: “We anticipate that that the COVID-19 pandemic related stresses that have affected the mental health of children and young people in India is likely to have a lasting impact if we do not act now! We must work with them to bust the stigma around mental health that prevents many from sharing and seeking support. Lets together break the silence and end stigma on mental health issues. We value UNICEF’s partnership with ICC to break the silence.”

“Together, through this platform we hope to reach millions with the message, its okay to speak up about what’s #OnMyMind,” he added.

St Kitts & Nevis player expelled from CPL 2021 for bubble breach

St Kitts & Nevis Patriots player Mikyle Louis has been expelled from the ongoing edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) for breaching bio-bubble protocols.

CPL organisers said on Monday that Louis, 21, who left the bio-bubble without permission, will now not be allowed to participate further in the tournament.

As per reports, Louis, who had represented West Indies at the U-19 level in 2017, had left his hotel after being informed about a tragic news related to one of his friends.

The ongoing league is being played under a bio-bubble in St Kitts and Nevis and any one found guilty of breaching it will me expelled.

“Following the receipt of some tragic news about a close friend, the player took the unfortunate and ill-advised decision to leave the hotel bubble without permission. While the league is sympathetic about the circumstances which led to the player’s decision, it cannot allow the integrity of its Covid-secure bubble to be compromised,” said tournament operations director Michael Hall in a press release.

“The tournament bubble will be maintained for the entire duration of the tournament and no one from outside the bubble will be allowed in at any of the bubble locations. Conversely, no one from inside the bubble will be allowed out of the main bubble areas. Persons who break these rules will be expelled from the tournament – no exceptions,” the tournament’s protocols reads.

Significantly, the current CPL edition, which kicked-off on August 26, will end on September 15.

This edition of CPL is open to crowds at 50 per cent attendance.

English team to coin the term ‘team environment’ instead of ‘bio-bubble’ for positivity

The English cricket team will now use the term ‘team environment’ instead of ‘bio-bubble’ when it faces New Zealand in a home Test series, getting underway on June 2 at the Lord’s in London.

According to reports in British media, the change in nomenclature has been done to avoid negative connotation of the term ‘bio-bubble’.

Though the bio-bubble won’t be as strict as it has been so far as restrictions are being lifted across the United Kingdom, both the teams will still be allowed only to the grounds and hotels during series.

“Despite a two-month gap since the end of the India Test series — and the likely absence of players who took part in the recent Indian Premier League and are currently in quarantine — Chris Silverwood’s coaching staff and the squad will still be urged to start referring to the ‘team environment’ instead of the ‘bubble’,” said a report in The Guardian newspaper.

“It is a small change but one that is hoped will help them collectively move on from a testing 12-month period that included the white-ball team pulling out of three ODIs in South Africa when panicked by an outbreak of Covid-19 in the team hotel and saw a psychologist taken on tour in the subcontinent,” the report added.

IPL 2021: Royals to sign van der Dussen as Stokes replacement, says reports

Rajasthan Royals (RR) is reportedly going to rope in South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen as a replacement for England all-rounder Ben Stokes and Liam Livingstone’s for the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

While Stokes was ruled out due to a finger injury, Livingstone returned home citing bio-bubble fatigue.

According to a report in EspnCricinfo report, the South African is waiting for visa clearance before he can fly to India.

Significantly, Dussen, 32, had a great outing against Pakistan in the recently concluded limited-overs series as he had scored a couple of fifties and a century.

He has featured in 26 T20s, amassing over 3,824 runs at an average of 38.62.

Significantly, the RR side has been jolted by the absence of its key players like Stokes and pacer Jofra Archer. The Sanju Samson-led side currently lies at the bottom of the eight-team standings, managing just one win from their four matches.

PSL 6 to resume from June 1: PCB

The remaining matches of the postponed Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be held in Karachi between June 1 and 20, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced. The board meanwhile, also promised a zero-tolerance approach towards anyone breaching the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs).

The board also said that the players will now begin their seven-day mandatory quarantine from May 22.

Earlier in March, the sixth edition of the tournament was postponed after several players and people associated with the league had tested positive. Also, Peshawar Zalmi coach Daren Sammy and captain Wahab Riaz had breached the bio-secure bubble as they had met their team owner Javed Afridi, who was not part of the bubble.

Significantly, 14 league games has already been held between February 20 and March 3 and the decision to resume the sixth edition was taken by the PCB’s Board of Governors during a virtual conference call on Saturday.

“The BoG discussed and debated the panel’s findings in detail. They expressed their disappointment at the failures that were highlighted in the report and advised remedial actions needed to be taken. The BoG endorsed all recommendations of the fact-finding panel, including robust and stringent implementation of the protocols, as well as maintaining a zero-tolerance approach towards all those who breach the Covid-19 SOPs, which are put in place for safeguarding the health and safety of all participants,” the PCB said in a statement.

“The members were informed that a mandatory seven-day quarantine period for all participants will commence from 22 May in one hotel and following three days of training sessions, PSL 6 matches will resume on 1 June with the final scheduled for 20 June,” it added.

IPL 2021: Bio-bubble helped in team bonding, says Rohit Sharma

Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma feels that the bio-bubble help players in bonding together.

“It was good to get to know players, who we knew wouldn’t come out of thei rooms. We had a team room and would meet players — which is what has changed from the previous years. It is nice to have the company around and have the bonding going,” said Sharma in a video posted by Mumbai Indians on their Twitter handle.

He said that the last six months had been tough for him because of the hamstring injury he suffered which saw him miss some of India’s matches in Australia.

“For me, it was a bit tough because I was injured in the IPL and I had to go and get my hamstring sorted. Then we had a very challenging tour of Australia after that and I missed quite a bit of it. But whole world has seen what we did in Australia. The performance that was put in by the team was so pleasing to see, especially by the younger players in the team who have just come into the squad, taking up the responsibility, rising to the occasion,” added Sharma.

“That was Australia. And then we played England in India. We again beat England in all three formats which was again good to see with everyone putting their hand up with responsibility. England are a very competitive side. They’ve done a lot over the last few years. To beat them like that gives us a lot of confidence moving forward,” he added.

Rohit also said he was grateful that as cricketers they were able to do what they love to do.

“A lot of people are going through hard times, a lot of people are not able to work. Not able to do what they like to. At least we are lucky, we are getting to do what we like.”

IPL 2021: BCCI to request for separate IPL check-in counters at airports

The second wave of Covid-19 has not just rocked the country but also the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) as several players, support staffs, groundstaffs and broadcast crew have been tested positive for the virus in the recent times even though theyhave been put under bio-bubble.

And amidst the surge in Covid-19 cases, the BCCI is reportedly going to request the Indian government for separate IPL check-in counters at airports beside daily Covid tests and the appointment of a bio-bubble integrity officer.

On Wednesday, Mumbai Indians (MI) talent scout and former India wicketkeeper Kiran More and Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) Daniel Sams tested positive. With this, the number of people associated with the IPL who are confirmed to have been infected with the virus has now gone upto 36.

Significantly, the upcoming 14th edition,which starts on Friday in Chennai, has five venues – Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Chennai – and the distances between these venues make air travel necessary.

With so much travelling, airports thus become a place where players and others in connection with the league have to frequently visit, and where they face the risk of exposure to Covid-19.

Notably, in the entire nation, Mumbai and Delhi are the worst hit as these cities have witnessed a spike in Covid-19 cases recently. With such surge in cases, the respective state governments of the two cities have imposed a night curfew (though the IPL has been exempted from the restriction).

On the other hand, the other three venues have also witnessed a fresh wave of infections.

In such a scenario, the BCCI has no other way other than to request the Indian government to allow separate IPL security check-in counters at the airport, so that teams can have a secure bio-bubble to and from one venue to other.