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Team TKR Not In The Bubble?

With 326 cases and eight deaths, the twin-island republic Trinidad and Tobago has much to pat themselves on the back for, given the low rate and sparse spread of the coronavirus disease.

However, that’s a story the teams vying for the Championship Trophy in this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) may wish to put on the back burner as they raised their angst against the home team.

This reaction comes against the backdrop of the Trinbago Knight Riders not being placed in the bio-secure bubble at the Hylton Hotel and allowed to practice and train while other teams are cooped up in a hotel.

The nature of pitch is one in which the home team is said to be given an unfair advantage over that of its competitors.

“Everyone should have been part of the bubble from the first day to “guarantee” that the health and safety of all stakeholders is not “compromised,” said Zouks’ skipper Daren Sammy.

The St Lucia Zouks and the Knight Riders were the first teams cleared to train earlier this week.

According to a release from the CPL, local players had gone through the mandatory testing process and would this week enter the bubble.

The defending champions, Barbados Tridents, also raised concerns about the difference in treatment between the home team and others from the region.

It questioned why all players from the franchise were not asked to enter the bubble and undergo the same mandatory weeklong quarantine as everyone else did.

CPL’s director of operations reportedly said it was necessary to take precautions to ensure local players entering the bubble were not a threat to the environment’s biosecurity.

The competition will get underway on August 18.

Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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