Mumbai Indians coach James Palement claimed that some senior Indian players did not like being under restrictions inside the currently suspended IPL bio-bubble, but felt completely safe until the cases of the participating teams are not revealed.
Palement did not expand on his claim about Indian players, nor did he take names. The IPL was suspended on May 4.
“Some of India’s top leaders don’t like being restricted and being told what to do,” he said, as quoted by stuff.co.nz.
“But did we feel safe?” at no time did we feel that the bubble would be compromised… we felt that the journey was always going to be a challenge, ”
The New Zealander, a former Northern Districts coach, said he and the MI players started to feel apprehensive shortly before the competition was cut short.
“That’s when cases started to happen with the teams. They were a little more fearful, a little more worried, “said the 52-year-old, who returned home on Saturday.
“Chennai (CSK) announced their cases and we had played in Chennai this weekend, so immediately the dynamic changed. I have certainly noticed in my group. I spent most of my time with the Kiwis and Australians, their mindset had changed.
“We started to have Indians in our environment whose families were sick. There was also bereavement and we took a bit of inspiration from those guys who said “no, we want to continue” and the messages kept coming back that it was a good distraction. “
Piquant said that at no time did he feel his health was going to be endangered in the bubble MI created in a Mumbai hotel.
“You felt as long as everyone was disciplined and people weren’t tempted. You were convinced that everything would be fine, and everyone around you would be fine… an extremely safe bubble formed.
He said that long before the IPL was suspended, he was aware of the worsening pandemic in India and that the event should not have been spread across six locations.
“If the IPL had only taken place in Mumbai it might have been easy to manage, but once the cases have increased in Mumbai, you look at the ground staff, you look at different types of services. be difficult to manage, ”he said.
“We had a case ourselves on our first trip to Chennai?” he was a support staff member, luckily picked up very quickly and was isolated, and none of the people considered close to him were infected.
“It was a reminder early on that your bubble was not impenetrable. We were probably even more strict about the way we operate.
He also said that allowing 70,000 spectators in Ahmedabad for test matches against England “was a bit irresponsible and Ahmedabad is now a hotbed of COVID.”