Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar knows how to make headlines. As the global governing council have kept the prospect of resuming cricket behind closed doors open, Shoaib Akhtar came up with the most hilarious take on playing matches in a closed door environment.
When cricket resumes after brought to a halt due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, it will see some new measures been instilled to the game, with health and safety as the foremost priority. Sweat and Saliva will not be used by the fast bowlers and until normalcy returns most matches will be played behind closed doors. Members of the cricket fraternity are giving their opinions about the new dimensions opening up with Shoaib Akhtar the latest to join the bandwagon.
Shoaib Akhtar: Playing cricket in empty stadium is like marriage with a bride
Shoaib Akhtar had been a part of playing matches in big stadium and has taken cheers and jeers from the crowd alike. He feels it might be a durable call for the cricket boards but the game cannot bank on this. Further explaining the situation, he said it will be equivalent to marriage without a bride, which can’t really take place.
“Playing cricket in the empty stadiums may be viable and durable for cricket boards. But I do not think we can market this. Playing cricket in an empty stadium is like marriage without a bride. We need crowds to play games. I hope the corona situation will be normalized within a year,” Shoaib Akhtar said in a Helo Live session.
Australian and English cricketers are set to resume training in due course. Incidentally, these countries might be the first ones to resume playing the sport. England are optimistic about the series against the West Indies in July and have chartered out a full-fledged plan for it while in Australia the Darwin league is set to begin under special rules from next month.