By Lawrence Booth for MailOnline
Published: 17:35 BST, 5 October 2020 | Updated: 17:35 BST, 5 October 2020
England’s cricketers could be spared the ordeal of months-long biosecure bubbles next season because of concerns over their mental health.
The ECB are already planning for a second summer of living with the coronavirus pandemic, which could mean a further £100m hit to the game’s finances. And chief executive Tom Harrison admitted: ‘It could easily be worse than that.’
But the administrators are determined to ease the strain on the players – with fast bowler Jofra Archer recently expressing reluctance to go to this winter’s Big Bash League in Australia because of the prospect of another hotel quarantine.
England’s cricketers could be spared from using biosecure bubbles due to mental health
‘We need to understand what wellbeing within these environments looks like,’ said Professor Nick Peirce, the ECB’s chief medical officer. ‘There’s no chance of a five-Test India series next summer with everybody being locked in for that whole time. We saw there was a ceiling probably of three to four weeks, and you need time out.
‘We need to understand how to bridge out – or if we even need to have these environments. If we can get away from having these bubble environments, we really would. That’s how most of us see the future.’
Assuming the pandemic has not disappeared by the time the next English