Since the start of cricket amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, cricketers have faced trouble living in bio-bubbles. Players have even withdrawn from various international assignments and domestic T20 leagues, keeping in mind their well-being. Amidst all, Australia’s domestic Schedule is set to kick in less than seven months. Although for New South Wales Blues’ new skipper Kurtis Patterson, the bio-bubble life is not that troublesome.
The strain on mental health due to spending long durations in bio-bubble is a much-talked topic amid the pandemic. Numerous Australian players pulled out of the West Indies tour citing the bio-bubble stress. For a lot of players staying inside the problem could be a concern. Earlier, Cricket Australia also stated that the well-being of the players is of foremost importance to the board.
However, then New South Wales Blues’ new skipper, Kurtis Patterson has stated that he is content with bubble life.
“I think it’s going to be individual for everyone,” he said of the prospect. “Different guys have had different hub experiences, and certainly those international players would probably say they don’t want to go into a hub.
“For me personally, I didn’t play as much cricket as I would have liked to have last year. So if it meant with the current (COVID-19) situation unfolding the way it is, if we had to go back into a hub, I personally would be OK with it.”
The New South Wales announced Kurtis Patterson as their new skipper for the Marsh Sheffield Sheild on Monday. The 28-year old will be playing his 10th Sheild season and hoping to make a significant contribution to his team.
“You have to understand that everyone’s going to feel different about it,” Patterson reiterated. “I know last year they were incredibly strict on things, which I completely understand, it being the first time dealing with it for everyone.
“I’m sure this year we can probably get a few things in place where some restrictions are lessened in certain areas, but I guess that’ll just be a big ‘wait and see’.
“I’d be happy to go back into a bubble. I thought the players were looked after last year, and I’m sure this year the restrictions probably won’t be as tight, and hopefully, we can get as much cricket in as possible,” concluded the 28-year-old Patterson, who is expecting to form after a disappointing previous season.