Morris, alongside together with his 10 different South African gamers have reached dwelling, after the IPL was suspended following six instances of COVID-19 — 4 gamers and two coaches from three totally different groups.
“Look, clearly I am relieved,” Morris, who’s at the moment present process a 10-day obligatory quarantine at dwelling, advised iol.co.za.
Morris mentioned they got here to know concerning the COVID instances in Kolkata Knight Riders — Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier — on Sunday night time.
“The second we heard that, when gamers are testing constructive, contained in the bubble, then everybody begins asking questions. The alarm bells undoubtedly began going off for all of us,” he mentioned.
“By Monday after they postponed that sport (between Kolkata and Royal Challengers Bangalore), we knew the event was below strain to proceed.”
The T20 league was suspended after Sunrisers Hyderabad’s wicketkeeper-batsman Wridhimman Saha and Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra examined constructive on Tuesday.
Later, Chennai Tremendous Kings’ bowling coach L Balaji and batting coach Michael Hussey additionally contracted the virus.
“I used to be chatting to our group physician, whose room was throughout the hallway from my mine within the resort, and Kumar (Sangakarra, the Royals’ head coach) got here across the nook, and drew his finger throughout his throat, after which we knew it was over,” mentioned Morris.
“After which it was chaos! The England guys particularly have been panicking as a result of they wanted to isolate in lodges in England first, and apparently there weren’t any rooms.”
Gerald Coetzee, who was named the alternative for Australian Andrew Tye, had arrived in India solely final week and Morris mentioned he tried to consolation the younger pacer as he was panicking a bit.
“I do know poor Gerald was panicking a bit, I imply he is solely 20 and all this is occurring,” mentioned Morris, who was the most expensive IPL purchase ever with a whopping Rs 16.25 crore contract.
“I attempted to maintain him below my wing a bit and made certain he was prepared when the 12.30am decide up got here on the resort. It was eerie, it was only a handful of us in that complete resort on the time.”
There was criticism of the league taking place at a time when a devastating well being disaster was unfolding outdoors the bubble with greater than 3000 folks dying on a regular basis in India.
“For me, this was at all times a two-fold factor; on the one hand we’re enjoying a event, all comfortable and smiling in a bubble, whereas outdoors so many individuals are struggling,” Morris mentioned.
“On the flip facet of it, there was the truth that by enjoying, we have been guaranteeing folks truly stayed at dwelling, watched us and a minimum of had one thing to smile about or one thing else to consider – even when it was being sad with how we performed in a sport – for 3 hours every night time.”