Cricket

Cricket is the most recent sport to be suspended at grassroots stage

Bowler Impress Wood fears „the following Ben Stokes or Joe Root“ will be lost to the game if grassroots cricket cannot restart this summer.

Club cricket in England has been banned since March as a result of coronavirus and is light no longer current despite Tuesday’s easing of lockdown principles.

The England and Wales Cricket Board is in talks with the authorities and light hopes the game can resume on 4 July.

Wood acknowledged it is miles „continuously safety first“ however hopes cricket can return soon.

„I’m particular rather just a few americans in this country would love grassroots cricket to be motivate up and working,“ he told BBC Sport.

„We create no longer wish to lose the following Ben Stokes, the following Joe Root, the following celeb that would possibly perhaps well be coming by for the game.

„Whereas that probabilities are you’ll well perhaps perhaps trot to the pub, and trot to restaurants – you would hope that cricket will be on the horizon as neatly.“

Unlike diversified start air ball sports equivalent to tennis or basketball, High Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged on Tuesday grassroots cricket would possibly perhaps well perhaps no longer return for the reason that ball is a „natural vector of illness“.

Within the period in-between, England’s avid gamers net gathered in Southampton for a within the motivate of-closed-doorways coaching camp in preparation for his or her Take a look at sequence in opposition to West Indies which is able to head forward from 8 July in a bio-acquire atmosphere.

The ECB has confirmed avid gamers, beef up group, match officers and group at the two Take a look at venues – Manchester and Southampton – net tested detrimental for coronavirus.

Wood arrived in Southampton on Monday and he and the relaxation of England’s avid gamers will dwell at the resort on keep at the Aegas Bowl whereas they put together for the predominant Take a look at.

„It felt a piece surreal after we arrived, „Wood acknowledged. „Every thing was once fancy a sci-fi movie – americans with masks on and PPE.

„We needed to be checked by a temperature tent and then we came in.

„The ECB net done a fair job. The exciting bit is that cricket can launch again. The West Indies are starting up to play (an inter-squad match at Dilapidated Trafford), this would possibly perhaps well well in actuality happen now.“

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