We should be realistic and disciplined: Rahane on IPL 2020 in bio-security bubble

Written by Rohit Pawar

Delhi Capitals’ new recruit Ajinkya Rahane on Saturday opened up about the issue of playing cricket inside empty stadiums and living in a bio-security bubble to avoid the spread of coronavirus during IPL 2020, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates from September 19.

The tournament is going overseas this season after a long delay due to the Covid-19 crisis in India, which is now the third-worst affected country globally with over 1.7 million cases and counting.

There won’t be any fans allowed inside the three stadiums in the UAE and everybody associated with the IPL will be living in a bio-security bubble to ensure their safety, just like how the England-West Indies Test series was played last month.

“We will definitely miss our fans. fans are everything to us. When they come out and support us in the stadiums, it feels really good, inspires us to do well.

“Again, you got to think about their health and safety as well. We will miss them in the stadium. We are going to play for them, for our fans. I am sure they will enjoy watching us on TV,” Rahane told India Today on the latest episode of Inspiration.

“Talking about the bubble, it’s important, we follow all the protocols. We were actually not sure when we were in New Zealand in Feb-March as to what is going to happen next.

“But now in August and September, we are in a situation where we should be realistic and be disciplined. I don’t think it will take too much time to adjust. It’s just a matter of 2-3 days being with the team to get used to the rules.

“I think, following the protocols and being focussed and disciplined will be really important, going forward at least for the next 7-8 months. IPL is happening, sadly because of the Covid-19 situation it’s happening in Dubai. But you got to be happy for other people as well,” Rahane said.

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