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Russell: Bubble life definitely taken a toll on me mentally


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The limits and quarantine measures enforced on players as more international series and T20 competitions are played throughout the world during the pandemic have "certainly taken a toll" on West Indies allrounder Andre Russell.

Russell last played in the shortened IPL for the Kolkata Knight Riders and will now play for the Quetta Gladiators in the 2021 PSL.

"I think it's taking a toll on myself," Russell told Geo News from Abu Dhabi, where the rest of the PSL is scheduled to be played. "I can't talk for any other player, or coaches or anyone that goes through this whole quarantine stuff. But it's definitely taken a toll on me mentally because from bubble to bubble, in a room locked in, you can't go out for a walk, you can't go certain places, you can't socialise, it's different.

"But at the end of the day, I'm not being ungrateful, I'm grateful that we're still playing, we're still doing our job. So it's tough for us. But even though we prepared for it, it still takes a toll,"

Russell says he uses the time and space in hotel rooms during quarantine to complete a variety of activities.

"So for me, I like to have a bike or something in my room so that I can get my heart rate up," he said. "I would utilise the space that I have, go on the floor, do some of some push-ups. For some exercise, I use stuff in the room to just get something done."

The PSL is currently slated to go on from June 7 to 24 for the remaining 20 games in Abu Dhabi where players and personnel are undergoing varying days of quarantine.