The coronavirus might have struck shortly earlier than the English cricket season was due to begin however it threatens to have main implications for the sport worldwide.
English officers nonetheless consider they will match a full worldwide programme of three-Test sequence in opposition to each the West Indies and Pakistan, in addition to one-day internationals with Australia and Ireland, right into a season that will not begin till July 1 on the earliest.
But there is now an expectation matches can have to be performed behind closed doorways, within the short-term at the least, as a method of stopping the unfold of Covid-19.
That would, nonetheless, nonetheless permit the England and Wales Cricket Board to honour profitable broadcast contracts and keep away from the nightmare situation of a very worn out season that would price the organisation £380 million ($463 million).
Below AFP Sport seems to be on the key points confronting cricket amid the pandemic.
Will groups go on tour?
West Indies and Pakistan, two of crickets much less well-off main groups, have each made encouraging noises about touring England, topic to well being considerations and seem to prepared to issue a 14-day quarantine on arrival in Britain, due to UK authorities laws, into their planning.
Matches are set to be performed at ‘bio-secure’ venues comparable to Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl or Old Trafford which have onsite resorts.
“We are trying to get to England early July so that we can get the quarantine done,” mentioned Pakistan Cricket Board chief government Wasim Khan.
Australia have been meant to play three Twenty20s and three one-day internationals in July however might delay their go to to later within the season after seeing how the West Indies and Pakistan sequence pan out.
“Obviously we won’t jeopardise the safety of the players,” Cricket Australia chief government Kevin Roberts informed the Sydney Daily Telegraph.
“But the best test of that is the West Indian and Pakistan tours of England before we’re due to tour. We hope they go off without a hitch.”
What will cricket seem like?
Even if a rescheduled sequence between England and the West Indies begins in July, the sport itself will look very completely different.
Not solely will there be no spectators however wicket celebrations comparable to ‘excessive fives’ are set to be banned in accordance to International Cricket Council tips issued final week.
Umpires have additionally been instructed to put on gloves to minimise the danger of an infection, with bowlers now not handing their cap and sweater to officers for a similar cause.
Another ‘interim’ measure, which nonetheless requires approval at a June vote, would see bowlers banned from utilizing saliva to shine the ball to support swing, though they’ll nonetheless be allowed to apply their very own sweat.
Travel restrictions may see two umpires from a house nation stand in a Test for the primary time since 1994 when the ICC began shifting in direction of impartial officers to counter accusations of bias.
The ICC’s cricket committee additionally mentioned final week every staff must be awarded an extra DRS evaluate per innings.
Meanwhile, Chris Broad, the one Englishman on the ICC’s elite panel of referees, might have to officiate in matches involving his son Stuart, the England quick bowler.
What will occur to the Twenty20 World Cup and IPL?
An ICC board assembly on Thursday May 28, may see the lads’s Twenty20 World Cup, due to held in Australia from October 18, postponed.
Problems over flying in 16 groups to Australia could also be cause sufficient to delay the occasion by a yr.
That would permit the already postponed franchise Indian Premier League, the world’s wealthiest T20 competitors, to go forward as a replacement.
Manoj Badale, a part-owner of the Rajasthan Royals, informed the London Daily Telegraph final month: “No IPL (in 2020) would be a big $600 million loss for the global cricket economy.”
South African director of cricket Graeme Smith has referred to as for India’s Sourav Ganguly, a fellow former Test captain, to grow to be the subsequent ICC chairman.
The Proteas, laborious hit by the low worth of South Africa’s rand, hope to host a three-match T20 sequence in opposition to India in August.
What does this imply for ladies’s cricket?
The ladies’s sport was using the crest of a wave after a crowd of over 86,00zero in Melbourne noticed hosts Australia beat India within the closing of the T20 World Cup in March, shortly earlier than world sport went into lockdown.
But Clare Connor, the ECB’s managing director of girls’s cricket, has accepted her facet of the sport might have to be sacrificed utterly to ensure that extra profitable males’s matches to go forward this season.
But there are hopes a sequence with South Africa may nonetheless happen in September.