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Not easy to be in bio-bubbles, could affect mental health: Waqar Younis

Pakistan's bowling coach Waqar Younis is concerned about the mental health of players as they endure isolating bio-secure bubbles to play cricket internationally in the middle of the pandemic

Mental health | Waqar Younis | Coronavirus

Press Trust of India  |  Karachi 

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi with coach Waqar Younis during a training session on the eve of World Cup T20 match against Australia in Mohali
Waqar Younis

Pakistan's bowling coach and former captain is concerned about the of players as they endure isolating bio-secure bubbles to play internationally or domestically in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Waqar said that he is worried that players in Pakistan might face issues if continued to be played for more time in the COVID-19 situation.

"It is not easy for players or officials to spend so much time in the bio-secure conditions and it could eventually affect their mental health," he warned.

Players, while competing, are being completely isolated from their surroundings in bio-bubbles to negate the risk of infection.

The former fast bowling great said that he could understand the changed situation due to the pandemic but insisted that boards need to seriously look at the aspect as well while organising matches.

"This is an issue that is not just about Pakistan cricket but concerns the entire cricket world."

He pointed out that recently some bilateral tours had not come off because of disagreements between boards over the quarantine and isolation periods for players and support staff.

"It is difficult for players and support staff to spend days and weeks at end in a restricted environment. The tour to England was a learning curve for us in this regard and that is why I am concerned about the future," he said.

"I just hope that the COVID-19 situation does not continue for a long time," he added.

Waqar also felt that any player opting out of matches or tours because of COVID-19 restrictions should not be disrespected.

He cited the example of Pakistani batsman, Haris Sohail who had opted out of the tour to England for the same reason.

"If was his decision and one we have to respect because he is an established Test player for us," he said.

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First Published: Fri, October 16 2020. 19:07 IST