England opener ready to play ‘behind closed doors’
Because of the COVID19 pandemic, all kinds of cricket activities have been on hold for a while now. Even the International Cricket Council (ICC) is yet to decide whether it would give a green signal for the 2020 World Cup T20 in Australia later this year.
The cricket boards of different countries have been trying to come up with ideas of arranging cricket matches during this lockdown. The England Cricket Board is considering arranging cricket matches with no spectators as the county’s government will not now thousands of people going to the stadium during the pandemic.
Even some of the England cricketers already have the experience of playing in front of no spectators as they experienced so during this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Meanwhile, England opener Jason Roy was among the players who played this year’s PSL behind closed doors. Roy who played for Quetta Gladiators against Lahore Qalandars in front of empty stadiums admits it was an odd experience.
“There was no atmosphere, simple as that. It was very strange. As a batsman when the bowler’s running in you learn to block out the crowd, but as soon as the ball is done you can hear them going absolutely berserk,” Roy was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
However, the opener says he is ready to play behind doors again if cricket resumes in England this summer. He added, “I just want to play some cricket, to be honest,” he says. “I think for us to be able to go out there and play some cricket would be an incredible feeling. I feel like a kid again. I guess we’re governed by the government here, we don’t really know what is going on or what the safety measures are. There’s way bigger things out there. I’m more than happy to play behind closed doors, it would just be nice to get out there.”