Virat Kohli wants players should be consulted with for the cricket schedule during COVID-19.
Ahead of the three-match ODI series against England, India captain Virat Kohli said that players need to be consulted with over the cricket schedule and also the extended bio-bubble life amid the crunch time of the COVID-19 pandemic that has brought the entire life into a standstill last year and still going strong.
Meanwhile, Kohli also said that more attention should be given to cricketers’ mental health too amid this situation as they are playing under strict rules and guidelines.
“The players need to be spoken to and consulted with all round,” said Kohli. “Otherwise it’s going to be a case of whoever can last through difficult times like this plays, if not then move away and someone else replaces that player.”
“I think it’s very important to consider how much cricket you are playing” – Virat Kohli
He continued, “I don’t think that’s healthy for a cricket system and cricket culture moving forward which we definitely want to make stronger and stronger. I think it’s very important to consider how much cricket you are playing. It’s not just the physical side of thing but the mental side of things as well,” said Kohli.
“Scheduling and workloads is something that everyone will have to be very aware,” he further added. “Especially in today’s day and age where you just don’t know where restrictions might come in.”
However, after the three-match ODI series, the players will take part in the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). After that, they will tour to England for the final of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) where they will play against New Zealand. And then, they will be featured in the T20 World Cup at home later this year as well.
Meanwhile, he also shared his views on the Umpire’s call that created a lot of confusion in the recently-concluded series as well.
“The umpire’s call right now is creating lot of confusion. When you get bowled as a batsman you don’t expect the ball to hit 50 per cent into the stumps to consider yourself bowled, so when the ball is being shown as clipping the stumps the bails are going to fall,” Virat Kohli concluded.