Lahore: Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has stated he does not see cricketing actions going down for the following 12 months as all the world battles with COVID-19 pandemic.
“If you ask me honestly, I don’t know for how long the coronavirus outbreak will last, until and unless it is not known that how many people are infected, one cannot go ahead with any kind of cricket anywhere,” Akhtar stated in a video posted on his YouTube channel.
“I do not see cricket being played for at least a year due to the coronavirus. I see the virus troubling us for one year, these are troublesome times and I just hope we come out of this stronger,” he added.
The Rawalpindi Express additional stated that amid the coronavirus outbreak, it’s mandatory for folks to take care of social distancing and that is why he’s additionally off the view that at any time when cricket resumes, use of saliva for shining the cricket ball shouldn’t be allowed in order to cease the unfold of the virus.
“I do not suppose that one can apply saliva on the ball now, we as bowlers apply saliva on the ball to make the ball shinier, the ball goes within the fingers of everybody on the park, I noticed a report of the ICC which stated bowlers wouldn’t be capable to apply saliva on the ball, Akhtar stated.
“Cricket is a game which requires contact, if ICC is thinking about passing the law related to applying saliva on the ball, then I welcome the decision keeping coronavirus in mind,” he added.
The 44-year-old Akhtar had just lately proposed an India-Pakistan bilateral collection to lift funds in combat in opposition to the continuing coronavirus disaster.
As a results of the coronavirus pandemic which has to this point claimed greater than 1.7 lakh lives the world over, a spate of collection and tournaments, together with the IPL 2020, Australia’s tour of Bangladesh and Bangladesh’s tour of Ireland have been postponed indefinitely.