Former England captain Nasser Hussain believes within the bigger scheme of issues, sports activities is irrelevant in the meanwhile and there are way more essential issues for folks to fret about through the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The COVID-19 outbreak has claimed over 18,000 lives internationally thus far and has introduced the complete world to a standstill. It has affected all the main sporting occasions, together with the Olympics which has now been postponed until subsequent yr.
The cricketing world has additionally been badly affected as all of the actions have been postponed or cancelled.
“Within the wider scheme of issues sport is after all irrelevant and there are way more essential issues to fret about at the moment, however it’s superb how large a job sport performs in so many lives and we would like sport again as quickly as doable,” Hussain instructed the Each day Mail.
Requested if enjoying behind closed doorways may very well be an choice for future, the previous England skipper stated: “So, if we may give followers one thing to look at then effective, however it must be when it’s completely secure to take action as a result of it could solely take one participant to contract the virus and it could all be shut down once more rapidly.”
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has determined to droop all skilled cricketing actions until Could 28. The ECB stated that it has begun modelling a spread of choices to begin the season in June, July or August – with a direct concentrate on choices for cricket in June, together with the three-Check collection in opposition to West Indies, the T20 Blast and England girls’s schedule in opposition to India.
That, nonetheless, appears unlikely given the UK authorities’s evaluation that the height of the pandemic, which has claimed greater than 10,000 lives internationally, will solely happen within the nation in June.
Hussain believes that as a way to minimise harm, ECB ought to concentrate on extra profitable video games and tournaments at this level of time.
“If and when cricket does come again this yr, it has to prioritise the preferred and profitable types of the sport, whether or not that is internationals, T20 Blast or the Hundred, as a result of the sport isn’t nicely sufficient off to do the rest,” he stated.
“If which means the County Championship is placed on the again burner, so be it. There’ll simply have to be frequent sense choices made to get as a lot cricket in as doable and to play as late as doable in the summertime and even early autumn,” he added.