The workload of our guys needs to be managed in the T20Is against India: Tim Southee

The workload of our guys needs to be managed in the T20Is against India: Tim Southee

Tim Southee said that things have become tougher with Covid-19 and quarantine and bubble life takes a toll on the players as well.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – NOVEMBER 07: Tim Southee of New Zealand looks on during the 1st One Day International match between Pakistan and New Zealand at Sheikh Zayed stadium on November 7, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

In the absence of regular skipper Kane Williamson, Tim Southee will don the captain’s hat for New Zealand in their three-match T20I series against India, which will begin on 17th November 2021. And now, Southee has opened up on playing cricket in the times of Covid-19, as well as managing the workload of players.

Southee said that things have become tougher with Covid-19 and quarantine and bubble life takes a toll on the players as well. Adding that he does not know what the future holds, Southee also added that the cricketers are put under pressure with quarantine periods in place as well.

“With what’s happened in the world in the last couple of years (COVID), it had made things a lot tougher with bubbles and quarantine and it does take its toll after a while. We don’t know what’s going to happen in the future. Whether we’re gonna have to continue to play in bubbles and I guess you are put under more pressure with the quarantine time thrown as well,” said Southee as quoted by News18.

It is a new challenge of playing in India: Tim Southee

Tim Southee also said that New Zealand will play 3 T20Is in 5 days, and the workload of the players will be managed. Southee also revealed that the Kiwi 15-member squad will be utilized during the course of the series.

“Yes, it is something we’re going to have to look at throughout the series, three games and in five days, with travel days in between and then a couple of days, and then we’re into the Test series. The guys will be managed throughout the series, but we’ve got a squad of 15 here that were involved in the World Cup which I’m sure will be used throughout the series,” added Southee.

Southee said that it will be a challenge playing in India, and the Kiwi players will have to adapt to the Indian conditions. “It is a new challenge of playing in India and the conditions will be similar but I’m sure we will need to adapt slightly,” concluded Southee.