Impact of COVID 19 on Cricket’s Future

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England and Wales Cricket Board’s peak season of cricket has hit the Corona virus crisis head on. They have already postponed county cricket season. As a result several foreign cricketer’s county contracts have been cancelled. Out of which there are especially players who had struck Kolpak deals stand to lose the most. Vernon Philander, the South African bowling all-rounder who recently retired from international cricket and got on board a Kolpak deal is one such example.

               Although UK is one of the severely affected countries from COVID -19 crisis, ECB has recently taken certain important decisions on course to resume cricket with certain restrictions. The West Indies tour of England which was scheduled to start on 4th June has been pushed to 8th July as per reports. A 3-test series has been restricted to 2 locations, Southampton and Old Trafford. The reason being mainly because playing in these grounds would allow players and staff to travel the least. Both the grounds literally having the hotel adjacent to the stadium would allow the players to just walk on to the cricket field from hotel and vice versa. A successful conduct of this series would also increase the chance of teams like Pakistan coming who were scheduled to arrive in England after this series.

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