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England’s pace spearhead Stuart Broad has put forward his views on the return of international cricket amid the coronavirus crisis. Stuart Broad has clearly stressed upon health being the prime concern presently, rather than sports. He has said that live cricket in coming days is a possibility far from reality and people should not be beating the bush around.

The COVID-19 outbreak has brought the world to a standstill. It seems the world as a whole has gone into isolation and things keep worsening with days passing by. The sporting spectrum has also faced a lot due to the outbreak of the pandemic. Major cricketing action all across the globe has come to a standstill.

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Stuart Broad believes playing cricket at this point of time shouldn’t be the matter of concern, especially for international cricketers, who have been demanding to return in action.

Stuart Broad Opens Up On Cricketing Action Amid COVID-19

“It’s strange for players. It does still feel a long way away from getting back to playing cricket,” Broad told the ‘BBC’. The 33-year-old is confident that the stakeholders of the game won’t be going ahead with tournaments if any risks are involved.

“One thing is for sure the sport won’t take any risks. We will only be back playing live cricket when it has been deemed safe to do so by the government,” Broad said.

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“I think that would be behind closed doors and players and management staff would be in a close environment. There has been talks about playing in grounds with hotels built in them so you don’t have to leave and move too far. Obviously, we will be shining the ball and there will be contact quite naturally,” he added.

However, the England speedster feels the players must continue to do whatever is in their hands to get back on the field.

“But we just have to make sure we are doing everything we can right now as players and don’t delay playing due to fitness reasons once we are told to play,” he said.

Major Cricketing Events Come To A Hold After Coronavirus Outbreak

Recently, the IPL 2020 was suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak. To the disappointment of the cricket fans, the India-South Africa ODI series has also been called off. Apart from it, the Road Safety World Series has also been suspended.

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The ECB had decided to postpone the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka due to the coronavirus pandemic. The series was to be a part of the World Test Championship (WTC).

All the English players playing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) were called back immediately, and the tournament has been postponed. In addition, last week, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) suspended all forms of professional cricket till July 1.

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