SYDNEY, Nov. 9 (Reuters) – An extended stay in bio-secure bubbles is not a “sustainable way of life” and is likely to wreak havoc on a cricketer’s body and mind, a Australian fast Mitchell Starc said Monday.
Playing in bubbles has become the new normal since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted cricket in March and Starc has joined a growing list of players questioning the viability of these arrangements.
“It’s not a sustainable way of life,” Starc said on a Cricket Australia website after signing for the Sydney Sixers to play the Big Bash League back-end.
“You live in a hotel room with no outside contact. Some guys haven’t seen family or their kids for a long time …
“It’s tough – we can play cricket, (so) we can’t complain too much – but in terms of the well-being of the players, staff and officials, how long can you stay in the hubs? “
Indian captain Virat Kohli said on Friday that the mental consequences of spending long periods in bio-secure bubbles should be taken into account when determining the length of future tours. Starc’s Australian teammates are reportedly returning from the IPL this month and entering another bubble for their successful home streak against India.
While they were unlikely to be “too unhappy to come home with bags of money,” Starc had no regrets about skipping the lucrative Twenty20 tournament.
“When you’re stuck in situations like this, month after month, going from bubble to bubble … it can also be quite tiring on the mind and body,” Starc said.
“Not having this escape from everyday cricket … is (difficult). It is important for the well-being of the people.”