Sometimes it just feels like we are caged circus animals – Tabraiz Shamsi

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South African spinner, Tabraiz Shamsi talks about the bio-secure bubble and how the cricketers feel about it. He tweets it saying that sometimes we feel like ‘caged circus animals’.

The 31-year-old, Tabraiz Shamsi on Saturday quoted that cricketers sometimes feel like they are in cage-like animals while going through tours in bio-secure bubble protocols.

Recently, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) faced criticism after giving relaxation in a bio-secure bubble to the England players.

The result through which three England cricketers four members of their supporting crew members had tested positive for Covid-19.

The Indian wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant, and the supporting staff member, Dayanand Guarani also got positive tests of Covid-19 in the UK.

“I don’t think everyone truly understands the impact these things have on us, our families, and our lives outside of cricket. Sometimes it just feels like we are caged circus animals who only get taken outside when it’s time to practice and play matches to entertain the crowds,” tweeted Shamsi.

tweeted Shamsi.

Shamsi’s Tweet 

Tom Harrison, CEO of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Thursday said that the Board decided to give relaxations to the players in bio-secure bubble considering their welfare and mental health.

“We want people feeling good about going out and playing in whatever tournament they’re playing in, whether that’s the Hundred, whether that’s a Test series against India, whether that is county cricket and the RL50,”

Harrison quoted saying this at ESPNcricinfo.  

“We want people to be feeling like their life is delivering for them, both at home and as professional cricketers, men, and women. We don’t want to be closeting players in such a place where they feel like the only role they play in their life is to go out and bat and bowl for whatever team they’re playing,”

he said. 

“I think that’s a bad place for us to be. We have to be understanding about what it is to be a responsible employer, to be able to get the best back from players. That’s by treating them like adults, and talking and communicating openly about how we best mitigate the impacts of this ongoing pandemic,”

Harrison concluded.