Joe Root says quality of cricket and people’s safety cannot be compromised on Cricket Resumption
Joe Root says the quality of cricket and people’s safety must not be compromised if England are to play any international matches this summer. Reports suggest that England squad of around 30 players could be quarantined for up to nine weeks in bio-secure environments in order to fulfill Test series against West Indies and Pakistan during the coronavirus pandemic.
Joe Root Said:
It will all come down to what the government decides we’re allowed to do, We’re obviously tied by their decision-making and all we can do is to try and plan as much as possible, and make sure that guys are fit and ready to go if and when we’re given the chance. I think if the game is compromised then it shouldn’t be going ahead. I don’t think the game itself, how it’s played, the intensity it’s played at, I personally feel that if you can’t play Test cricket at its absolute best, then we shouldn’t be playing it because it’s not a fair reflection on the sport.
There’s been talking about changing the ball, and it’ll be interesting to see things that you could potentially change but from a personal point of view, I’d like to think that the product itself and the standard of Test cricket would not be compromised to play those games. It (his wife, Carrie, is expecting a baby at some point this summer) will be a challenge from that side, and there will be other guys involved that have similar problems, I suppose we’ve got to be quite flexible in these times. You’ve got to move with what’s happening. Within seven to eight weeks, things could drastically change and we could be in a very different position.
We’ve got to look at safe ways of getting guys in and out of the bubble. If that was a possibility, would I be able to get to the birth? Would I then be in isolation for two weeks? Would I be able to be tested coming back into a bubble? Who knows exactly how that would look right now. Those are discussions that will have to happen in the coming weeks.
Root said that things would look “very different” to a typical Test match week for players and backroom staff, but that “it’s probably manageable”. Games would have to be played at the Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford – the two major grounds with on-site hotels with a significant number of rooms, with parts sectioned off to minimize outside interactions.
You’d all be together throughout – you wouldn’t be interacting with the opposition, with broadcasting crews, with media, officials. It would just be trying to keep that as tight as possible. Within the grounds, it would be very similar: going into separate lunchrooms, how the changing room would look still depends on a few things. It would be a very different look and feel to how a normal Test week would go and the environment we normally work in, but I do think it’s probably manageable.