19 day long stay in bio secure bubble brings defeat for Pakistan cricket team during New Zealand tour.
Pakistan cricket teams head coach Misbah-ul-Haq on Monday said this.
He was addressing a news conference in Lahore on Monday at the Gadaffi stadium.
19 day long stay in bio secure bubble brings defeat
He noted long stay of nineteen days in bio secure bubble as the key factor of Pakistan cricket teams dismal performance.
Misbah said we spent eighteen to nineteen days in hotel rooms without cricket and allied cricket related activity.
Moreover, players did not get practice to get into shape and right frame of mind.
And such a long stay in bio secure bubble owing to COVID-19 protocols restricted them from giving their best.
Besides, it hampered teams overall performance.
Misbah further said that people will say I am making excuses for our poor showing in the tour.
But he insisted it a reality that living of our squad in isolation for that long time period became a key reason of our show in New Zealand.
The head coach further said that injury-stricken squad and staying in a bio-secure bubble affected the players’ performances.
“Covid is somehow affecting the performances of players. It’s bothering them physically and mentally. It’s a big factor; we are worried about how to continue in these circumstances,” Misbah said.
Pakistan lost the three-match T20I series and two Tests against New Zealand following which the team and coaches have been under severe criticism by former players and cricket analysts.
He said it was unfortunate that regular opener Fakhir Zaman become could not accompany the team and things turned from bad to worst when captain Babar Azam got injured and was ruled out of action.