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Rahul Dravid explains why cricket in ‘bio-secure’ environment will be a failure

Former India skipper Rahul Dravid feels the measures being put into place for the resumption of cricket in a bio-secure environment are “unrealistic”.

Seeking to restart its cricket season after weeks of inactivity owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Engaland and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) recently announced that it would have in place bio-secure venues to host Pakistan and the West Indies later this summer.

But batting legend Dravid is not buying that concept.

“It is a bit unrealistic to have things at the level, the ECB is talking about. Obviously, the ECB is very keen to conduct these series because they have had no other cricket…,” Dravid said during a webinar.

“Even if they are potentially able to create a bubble and manage it in that way, I think it will be impossible for everyone to do it with the kind of calendar that we have, with the travelling that you do on tours and the number of people involved,” he added.

The ECB’s moves were supported by Cricket South Africa after the latter suggested that the scheduled tour by India can be held in a bio-secure environment.

“All of us are hoping that things will evolve with time and get better once we have better medication. In case of the bio-bubble, you do all the testing, the quarantine and then on day two of the Test match, what if one player tests positive? What happens then?

The rules, as they stand now, will see the Public Health Department coming in and putting everyone in quarantine. That will mean an abrupt end to proceedings in the Test match….that ends all the expenses that were made to get everyone there and create that environment. We’re going to have to work with the Health Department and Government authorities to find out a way in which even if a player tests positive, the whole tournament isn’t cancelled,” Dravid further said.

Cricket, basically like every sport in the world, was brought to a screeching halt owing by the rapid spread of the coronavirus. Players were and are confined to their homes due to the lockdowns enforced to contain the spread of the deadly disease.

“At a professional level, players will adjust and not let it affect their performances much. A professional, once he or she gets on to the field, has a lot of pride in oneself.

So they will find a way to deal with that. But the experience at the end of the day is not going to be the same.” He said sportspersons will definitely miss the experience of performing in front of packed stands if sport goes behind closed door.

Players love to perform in front of a crowd, engage with their fans and that adds incredible complexity to a sport. I think that’s what a player will definitely miss. There is a personal self-satisfaction when you perform in front of a large crowd.”

Dravid also advised the players to only focus on things that are within their control, like ways to regain their skills after such a lengthy break.

“As sportsmen, we are used to dealing with a lot of uncertainty during our careers. Everything doesn’t fall into place. You tend to get scared and worried about stuff but I think one of the things that I would have done is think about things I can control.

All you can control is your preparation, practice, emotional and mental well-being. You cannot control your results or performances…maybe it would take a bit of time to catch up to their original skill level. But that won’t take long. It is just like riding a bicycle.” he concluded.

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