Speaking at Salaam Cricket 2020, batting great Sunil Gavaskar said the West Indies tour of England, marked as the restart of international cricket, will be crucial to decide how the sport will be played in the times of Covid-19 pandemic.
Sunil Gavaskar (india Today Photo)
- Sunil Gavaskar said players will be scared a bit playing in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic
- Gavaskar said the world will keep an eye on West Indies tour of England
- International cricket restarts in July after a 3-month forced break due to the pandemic
Batting great Sunil Gavaskar has said there will be a degree of fear in the minds of players when cricket resumes even in bio-secure environments in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Sunil Gavaskar, speaking at Salaam Cricket 2020, said it’s important players trust each other when playing in bio-secure environments and testing the players before the matches will help them.
No international cricket has been played since March 13 as the Covid-19 pandemic brought the sporting world to a grinding halt. Several bilateral series, including India’s tour of Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, have been postponed. The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been postponed until further notice but the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) is hopeful of hosting the tournament later this year.
“All players will be scared before the matches but if they are tested well before they will be relieved. If there is trust between everybody it will be helpful but if bowlers and fielders start playing with masks on then I won’t be able to watch the game. But everybody will be a bit scared whenever the game resumes,” Sunl Gavaskar said.
Meanwhile, Sunil Gavaskar also said the upcoming series between West Indies and England will be crucial as the entire world will be watching and understanding how cricket is going to be played in the times of Covid-19 crisis.
In a historic series, West Indies will play 3 Tests in bio-secure environments in Southampton and Manchester in July. West Indies have already arrived in Manchester and will be in isolation for 14 days before they train under a secure environment.
“It’s going to be tough because we don’t know the effects of this virus and how exactly it spreads. We are taking all precautions but it is still spreading. I feel it will be tough to play cricket till at least October. The ENG vs WI series will be interesting to watch and it will show whether we will be able to play cricket or not,” Gavaskar said.