New Zealand’s stand-in captain Tim Southee feels long periods in bubble life do take a toll on the cricketers’ physical and mental health and hopes that they don’t have to play in protected environments for too long.

In less than 72 hours of playing the T20 World Cup final against Australia in Dubai, New Zealand play India in a three-match bilateral series in a span of five days.

Southee, who has been in bubbles since the IPL resumed in September, said the scheduling in Covid times is beyond their control but it does impact the players.

“With what’s happened in the world in the last last couple of years, it had made things a lot tougher with bubbles and quarantine and it does take its toll after a while,” said Southee, who will also stay back for the two-Test series against India though his new ball partner Trent Boult will head back after the T20s.

“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.

Skipper Kane Williamson has been given much needed rest for T20s ahead of the Test series in India.

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