'You could be the super spreader': Aakash Chopra expresses concerns over softer bio-bubble for India-England Test series
- ECB decided to do away with stringent bio-bubble protocols for the upcoming India-England Test series and former India cricketer Aakash Chopra remarked that if something goes wrong, it could have major repercussions on the series.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) recently decided to do away with a strict bio-bubble policy for the upcoming India-England Test series. The decision was taken as long durations inside a controlled atmosphere is taxing on the players' mental health but Aakash Chopra has expressed concerns over the decision.
The former India cricketer remarked that if something goes wrong, it could have major repercussions on the series, as was the case before the start of the England-Pakistan ODI series when the home side was forced to name a new squad following a few positive tests in the regular squad.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra expressed reservations about the series being played in a slightly eased atmosphere. He said:
"They are saying it will be a softer bubble, which means it is not that strict and if it is not strict, the virus does not take a long time to enter. I am now slightly concerned about what is going to happen."
Expressing his views further on the matter, Chopra admitted to long bio-bubbles taking a toll on players but also pointed out the consequence of lesser restrictions.
"It seems the right thing to hear that there are lengthy bio-bubbles, obviously, there is fatigue and it takes a toll but what does it mean for the series? You saw just now that you had cases in the series against Pakistan and you fielded a new team, which also won but God forbid something like this happens in the Test matches," elaborated Chopra,
The cricketer-turned-commentator then observed that a player could be a super spreader.
"You have opened the entire country, you could be the super spreader, you are the one who is actually going to be spreading it to the world. You are allowing the full crowd to the matches, it's not behind closed doors anymore," said
The virus has already managed to breach the India team with Rishabh Pant training assistant Dayanand Garani testing positive. They are currently in isolation and