Mumbai Indians’ (MI) fielding coach James Pamment has claimed that some senior Indian players did not like being to instructed with restrictions inside the currently-suspended Indian Premier League’s (IPL) bio-bubble. READ MORE “Yes, I was suffering from mental pressure”, Amir reveals why he retired from cricket
Pamment did not take any names neither he went to elaborate his assertions. The IPL was suspended on May 4 due to the turbulent rise of COVID-19 in India.
“Chennai announced their cases and we’d played Chennai at the weekend, so straight away the dynamic changed; I certainly noticed from within my group. I’d spend most of my time with the Kiwis and the Aussies; their mindset had changed”.
“It was when cases started to come with the teams. They were a little more fearful, a little more apprehensive,” said the 52-year-old, who returned home on Saturday.
“We started to get Indian guys in our environment whose families were sick. There were bereavements as well and we were taking a bit of a cue from those guys who were saying ‘no, we want to carry on’ and the messages were coming back that this is a good distraction.”
Ahmedabad is a hotbed of COVID
“When England toured, there were some games behind closed doors, then they felt compelled to open them in Ahmedabad to the extent they allowed 70,000 people in that new stadium. From my perspective, that was a little irresponsible, and now Ahmedabad is a hotbed of Covid,”Pamment said as quoted by Times Now.
BCCI defended their decision
BCCI earlier spoke in their defense as the decision to organize IPL was fair and rational after the success of the long England tour of India. They also said they could not sense the situation would worsen in no time as the bio bubble was strict and properly arranged.
“The Board got an enormous confidence boost after conducting the Test, T20I, and ODI series against England at three venues smoothly. The IPL, though, was a far bigger challenge with more teams, personnel, and venues at play; but the BCCI felt that it had the infrastructure to pull it off. However, they couldn’t anticipate that the situation would worsen so much in the next 20-odd days from the start of IPL.” A BCCI source stated.