Scotland eager to arrange cricket series behind closed doors
Scotland is scheduled to host New Zealand and Australia in June but due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic, it looks highly doubtful that series will take place as planned, with New Zealand scheduled to play a T20I on June 10 and an ODI on June 12, before Australia’s only T20I on June 29.
Meanwhile, the country’s cricket board does not want to give up yet and is willing to host their scheduled matches against New Zealand and Australia behind closed doors if required. However, the final decision will be made based on guidance from those boards and government advice.
“We’re planning our way through and waiting to see what happens with advice,” Gus Mackay, Cricket Scotland’s CEO, was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
Earlier, the New Zealand Cricket team’s scheduled tour to Netherland was postponed considering the current situation following advice from the Dutch government. “That’s all we can do at this stage. New Zealand isn’t going to Holland, and we’re just waiting to be guided by what their board says before we make any final decision,” he added.
Scotland arranges its home games at The Grange in Edinburgh, and the board now is planning to arrange games behind closed doors at the ground if required.
“We have a temporary set-up at The Grange. If we got the go-ahead to play internationals behind closed doors, it’s something we’d consider and something we would be able to do. We do make money staging internationals, but if we had to play an international game behind closed doors it would definitely be feasible – the cost of temporary stands would be taken out of the equation,” he concluded.