Limited overs skipper Aaron Finch has expressed feeling concerned about the general state of mental health experienced by the country’s cricketers during confinement to bio-security bubbles.
Finch will start on September 4 captaining a 21-man team during the upcoming T20 international series to be played in Southampton in England. This will be followed by a one-day series to be played in Manchester.
Bio-security bubbles place heavy restrictions on the movements of players, and given that these are expected to be part of a new reality for at least two more years, Finch has said that he is worried about how not being able to freely move around will affect players’ quality of lives as well as their mental health status.
Finch added that he believes it necessary to closely monitor players over the course of the next couple of years, failing which there will be severely negative consequences as a result. Being stuck in a hotel room on one’s own for potentially a couple of weeks on end could be tough, said the cricketer, not to mention even when the time comes for sticking it out in solitary confinement for four or five months at a time.
The star opener said he does find solace in the fact that the Aussie team’s sports psychologist, namely Michael Lloyd, has confirmed having put together a plan of action geared at helping players recognise in themselves feelings of being “a bit off” and how to ask for support when needed.
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