Will be a challenge: Kane Williamson on experience of being in IPL bio-bubble

Written by Abhishek Patil

With the Indian Premier League 2020 set to kick off on September 19, the debate over whether Mankad dismissal is against the spirit of cricket is once again in the news.

Joining in on the debate, Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman and former skipper Kane Williamson has said that he would certainly not encourage Mankading.

“No, I certainly do not encourage it. That is not something that we look to do at all as a team. As I said, we have behaviors that are important to us as a group, and something like that does not fit with us, so that is my stance. However, if someone is looking to cheat, I think it would be worth having a quiet word with him and make sure the rules and spirit of the game are upheld. As ambassadors of the game, I think it is really important to stay within those lines,” Kane Williamson told The Week.

In the same interview, Williamson opened up about being in the IPL bio-bubble and his thoughts on SRH’s preparations in UAE.

“It will be a challenge. It is important for players to get out of their rooms and socialize. In India, there are whole traveling days. Here, it is about one-and-a-half hours by road. It will be important to come up with activities and options for players to get enjoyment on off days and to keep them fresh. It is a long time to be isolated,” Williamson said when he was asked about staying in IPL bio bubbles.

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