Covid-19 sneezes on cricket: what’s the future?

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Are the Dark clouds looming over cricket shying away?

As the world is gradually waking up from the severe jolts of COVID-19 taking away millions of innocent lives, good news comes from the sport of cricket helping elevate the moods of all enthusiasts throughout the world. With progressive talks drawing conclusions among all cricket boards during the world wide lockdown, it is stated that the English and Wales Cricket Board is looking forward to inviting Australia, Pakistan, and West Indies respectively in near future. If the expectation is well received by the other end, then the west indies are supposed to arrive in England on June 9 and play 3 tests starting from June 8,16, and 24 respectively, albeit it is subject to clearance from the UK government.”It’s an incredible challenge at the same time a very rewarding project,” remarked ECB’s director of special projects Steve Elworthy.

While there has been a social media buzz around the news of the restart of cricket, the cricket boards are adamant towards their decision considering the massive losses incurred by them owing to the spread of the virus. If everything goes smoothly, matches are slated to be played in 3 different stadiums amidst talks of the game of cricket being confined to a single venue for better convenience of the players. The visitors are set to start their trip from Ages Bowl holding the first test followed by Emirates Old Trafford stadium and Edgbaston conducting the last affairs.

Why players are pulling out from the matches?

As far as the Windies cricket team is concerned Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul have made their minds not to be part of the England tour owing to the pandemic outbreak. On the other hand, the host will also have to suffer a heavy breakthrough for the first test as the five day England cricket captain Joe Root will have to follow the one-week self-isolation norm established by the board as he is to welcome his second child.

Precautions in tandem with Cricket.

A set of guidelines has been rolled down by the organization to create a bio secure environment. Enlisted are the essentials ranging from medical screening to designated areas for isolation of anyone presenting symptoms to car parking requirements (approx 200) and indoor and outdoor facilities. Brainstorming on different ideas under the roof may play a pivotal role if the test series is conducted.

The Edges Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford will receive an administrative fee for staging the test series and all additional coast will be met by the English and Wales Cricket Board. Steve added ” Our main objective is to deliver a safe environment for all stakeholders including players, match officials, operational staff, essential venue staff broadcasters, and media.”

With cricket’s gravity situated in South Asia, it becomes imperative for the stakeholders to bring back the live action on television sets.

For all the cricket addicts busy dwindling their thumbs in anticipation of what’s the future of the game? Its high time that they get a chance to view live action through the broadcasters if not at the comfort of the stadiums and shed boredom which seems to have been a gift which the pandemic has brought along with it.

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