England’s players can pull back from visits in the event that they feel playing in bio-secure bubbles during the COVID-19 pandemic will negatively affect their psychological wellness, restricted overs skipper Eoin Morgan has said.
England’s hosted West Indies, Pakistan and Australia after cricket’s restart in July, with the groups limited to playing in Manchester and Southampton where the ECB had set up bubbles.
The Indian Premier League has set up an air pocket for major parts in the United Arab Emirates and comparable checks on development will be set up with England expected to visit South Africa one month from now.
“We’ve spoken about this as a team and we’ve accepted that guys will come in and out of the bubble as they feel it is affecting their mental health,” Morgan said during an online charity event.
“I do think we will see people pull out of tours. That’s just going to be the reality of things.”
Morgan said it was essential to establish a climate for players to be OK with settling on that choice.
“I don’t think people should look down on it and they shouldn’t feel like people aren’t doing their job or not committing to their country,” the 34-year-old added.
“That’s a reactive way of dealing with things and we want to be at the forefront of making it acceptable for people to say ‘I need to spend time with my family now and I’m taking this tour off’ just because of the extraordinary circumstances.”
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