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Cricket will literally be governed by the government, Say Broad

Cricket will literally be governed by the government, Say Broad

Cricket in England will not resume after coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic until at least July, England Fast bowler Stuart Broad says he would be ready to play whenever required. Talks are ongoing around organize three-Test West Indies series from June to July. England cricketer Stuart Broad had earlier said that chances of cricket returning shortly are rare. Broad recently suggested that he is willing to play for his country if the medical team of ECB allows him.

England was scheduled to play tests against Sri Lanka in March before the coronavirus outbreak shut down to prevent the spread of the virus, now the Vitality T20 Blast postponed and The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed on Thursday (April 30) that the launch of The Hundred will now take place in summer 2021. The Hundred which is planned to start in July 2020 (Men’s and Women’s 100-ball competition) is postponed until 2021, ECB announces that the Hundred will take place in 2021, the Board concluded it was not possible for the competition to be staged this year due to coronavirus shutdown.

Stuart Broad said

Cricket will literally be governed by the government. It’s not as though the ECB is going to have to be lone wolves and decide when we get back out there. The government will give the go-ahead and then us players will have to make sure we are in the physical capability to get match fit. I know how I feel about not seeing live sport and I know how much joy live sports bring me. So the players’ responsibility is to make sure we are ready to go at the drop of a hat.

I know everyone feels very differently about this. Sergio Aguero has been talking about how nervous the players would be. Personally, I wouldn’t be. I have huge faith in our medical team at the ECB. I have known Nick Peirce, the chief medical officer, for a long, long time and I have full faith in what he and his team believe is right for cricket. Yes, we all want to see cricket being played whether it is behind closed doors and just on TV or in front of spectators. And I know that the England doctors I’ve worked with over a long period of time would not cut corners to make it happen.

So if one of Nick or Gurjit Bhogal, our current England team doctor, rings and tells me ‘I think this is a good way to do it,’ I will 100% trust what they are saying. I don’t think there are too many reservations from others. I don’t know how it would work for families but as a team, we are very used to going away for weeks and seeing nobody. Of course, it’s a very different position if there are still people falling ill. Then, we might be worried about our parents and other relatives. At the moment, as a sport, we have a bit of time on our side and I assume we will be in a position where we will see how football goes, and we’ll be ready to learn the pros and cons from it a little bit.

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