Mumbai Indians fielding coach James Pammet has described the way he felt when he was in a bio-bubble during the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL2021). After arriving in his home country New Zealand, Pammet also revealed some thoughts about safety in the bubble made by the BCCI.
The IPL 2021 kicked off on April 9 with the superstar-heavy clash between Rohit Sharma led-Mumbai Indians and Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore. The tournament was scheduled to be played in three different legs but after the first leg, most of the franchises reported positive cases for COVID-19 and thus, the tournament was suspended immediately.
Numerous overseas players, including those doing commentary stint with the broadcasters have returned home except Australians, who are currently in Maldives owing to a travel ban by their own government. Pammet, a New Zealand resident, reached home safely on Saturday last week and revealed that he felt safe in the bubble in India.
‘Some senior Indian players don’t like being told what to do in the bubble’
Along with that, he made a controversial statement, saying that some senior Indian players don’t like being told what to do in the bubble. “Some of the senior Indian guys don’t like being restricted and told what to do, but we did feel safe. At no point did we feel the bubble would be compromised, the challenge was the travel,” stuff.co.nz. quoted Pamment as saying.
“But we started to get Indian guys in our environment whose families were very 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,” he added.
Jasprit Bumrah receives the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine
The leader of India’s pace-bowling attack, Jasprit Bumrah, has taken the first jab of COVID-19 vaccine. The fast-bowler took to Twitter to share the news and also urged people to stay safe.
Vaccinated. Please stay safe everyone. pic.twitter.com/8ZrclDh2LI
— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) May 11, 2021
The Indian Cricket Team will travel to the UK on June 2 and before that, they will go under hard quarantine in India, so that when they will land in the UK, they will be able to train from Day 1, which will be helpful in their preparations for the World Test Championship Final against New Zealand, starting June 18 in Southampton.
The team will then stay for the next 40 days and will prepare for the five-match Test series against England. In the meantime, they will play intra-squad matches as the BCCI has named a long squad for the next three months.
Indian players can take their second dose in England
According to a report, the Indian team members, who have taken the first dose of COVISHIELD vaccine, can get their second dose in the UK during the England tour as the AstraZeneca vaccine is similar to COVISHIELD.