Top athletes in a ‘bio-secure bubble’ but they can go out and play golf – what did the South Africa tour officials expect

It was fantastic to see international cricket back on our screens a few weeks ago as England comphrensively beat South Africa in a three match T20 series.

It set everything up nicely for this last week, with three ODIs scheduled before the Lions flew back to England ahead of the festive period.

We would have all been left wanting more ahead of a busy schedule next year, when hopefully fans are back in the ground.

But due to a string of positive Covid tests within the camps, it was decided that after two cancellations that a black mark would be put against the fixtures all together.

A sorry end to what has been a short tour as far as on field action is concerned.

But discovering the rules around the bio secure bubble that players left me thinking, no wonder it was postponed and the tour operators couldn’t have expected anything less.

When teams came to England in the summer, we heard all about the bubbles players were in and the strain it had on them.

They had to stay in hotels, it was boring, it was tedious, but they got to play the game they loved all summer, and it put smiles back on their faces.

It put smiles back on the faces of millions of fans who were able to watch at home and all over the world.

At the end of the day, the latter is what it is all about really. Entertainment.

When there was a breach, authorities came down like a ton of bricks.

Jofra Archer breached and he was sanctioned.

But in South Africa the bubble was anything but secure.

Players were allowed to go out and play goal and have leisure time.

The reasoning was because of the mental health impact which I get. But they had to do this for six games, two three matches series.

In England, it was almost all summer with a few breaks in between.

Players could have easily got through this stint and then got to Christmas.

If that was how things are run, what did the tour operators expect to happen.

It was irresposbile for that to happen, and it is no wonder it ended up how it did.

And it begs the question that unless rules are tightened until we have the vaccination roll out, is it worth going abroad on overseas tours.

One there is the risk which can be managed in a bio secure bubble.

But if cricket boards and associations aren’t going to be putting players in secure, tight bubbles, then they run the risk of infection.

In young, fit athletes, the risk of complications from this infection is low.

But there is still a risk.

Cricket, like all sport, is for our entertainment. But if the powers that be are going to be blaise about the rules in such a risky climate then is it really worth it?

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