Amid the speculation of Australian opener David Warner opting out of BBL 2020/21, his compatriot Steve Smith has made himself available for the tournament.
The decision from Smith has come after a number of calls from players for giving themselves some rest before hectic international schedule. Due to the prevailing Covid-19 conditions, players have been living in bio-bubble ever since the game has resumed. Apart from that, players have to also follow the mandatory quarantine before any series.
The 2020 edition of Big Bash League is slated to organised from December to February 2021. But in the same period, Cricket Australia will also host Indian team for five match Test series. Smith will also be in focus for Australia’s tour of New Zealand next year and it won’t be easy for an international player to switch from one bio-bubble to another seamlessly.
In a recent chat on affect of bio-bubbles on players mindset and life, Steve Smith called for having an open discussion between the authorities to make sure that a player remains in good head-space and fit.
“It’s still early days with the bubbles. We don’t know how long it’s going to last for. There’s an uncertainty there,” Smith said. “It’s just going to be about having open conversations with coaches, general managers, whoever, to ensure that people are keeping their head space in a reasonable place,” Steve Smith was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
“Then there’s obviously going to be questions around selection. If someone takes some time off because they’ve been in the bubble for a long time and then someone comes in and plays well, do they take their spot? When guys are starting to find things a bit tough mentally from just living in the bubble, being able to get out – even if it might just be a few days of being normal might be a real help. Those conversations need to be had.” he added.
Steven Smith, who is currently captaining Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2020, has been a little out of touch in the tournament so far. His form with the bat has also affected team’s fortunes as they are languishing in the bottom half of the table with just 10 points in 12 matches.