The COVID-19 pandemic completely messed up the sports calendar this year with tournaments getting postponed and has also changed almost all the games. Players are helpless with staying in bio bubble week in, week outs and this has affected players’ mental health too. Players constantly are at risk of being COVID-19 positive with regular testing.Bubble life definitely taken a toll on me mentally says Russell
As slowly, the world is coming back to normal but the safety measures need to be carried on until the situation demands. Guidelines, Standard Operating Procedures, new rules, and regulations have to be followed by all the players.
Andre Russell Talks About How Bio- Bubble Is Affecting Mental Health
Recently, West Indies allrounder Andre Russell said about an issue that it is challenging to play cricket during this time when bio-bubbles are in place. Bio-bubbles have taken a toll on his mental health and Russell was last seen in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) before the tournament was suspended indefinitely due to rising Covid-19 cases inside the bio-bubbles of different teams.
“I think it’s taking a toll on me. I can’t talk for any other player or coaches or anyone that goes through this whole quarantine stuff. But bubble life definitely taken a toll on me mentally because from bubble to bubble, in a room locked in, you can’t go out for a walk, you can’t go certain places, you can’t socialize, it’s different.” He said.
Russell said he tries to perform a variety of exercises to utilize the time and space in hotel rooms during quarantine and he’s grateful to do his job.
“But at the end of the day, I’m not being ungrateful, I’m grateful that we’re still playing, we’re still doing our job. So it’s tough for us. But even though we prepared for it, it still takes a toll.” He added.
Russell will now be seen in action in the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League playing for Quetta Gladiators. The PSL is currently scheduled to start from June 7 to 24 for the remaining 20 games in Abu Dhabi where players and staff will be quarantined.