Former Indian star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has called for a patient resume of cricket once the Covid-19 pandemic has died down significantly.
Speaking on The Doosra podcast on the BCC, Singh warned against a rushed and inconsiderate return to the game as it could bring fear amongst the players all over the world.
‘My personal opinion is that first we need to defend our countries, the world from coronavirus, It needs to be completely eradicated or come down 90-95%, because if it keeps on increasing, the players will be afraid to come out to the path, go to the field, go to the dressing rooms or changing rooms,’ Singh said.
The coronavirus has had a major impact on domestic competitions and international tours with governing bodies forced into a seeking alternative options or postponing the start of competitions and tours.
South Africa’s recent tour to India was cancelled after the opening ODI rained out in order to eliminate the risk of players catching the virus. It led to a 14-day quarantine period for every player and staff member that went to India.
In England, the domestic County Championship and T20 Blast have twice been postponed to later dates already while a busy summer of international cricket for Joe Root’s team is also under significant pressure.
‘Already as a player, when you are representing your country, club, you are under a lot of pressure. You don’t want the fear of coronavirus around you while playing,’ continued Singh
‘Like, when you are putting on your gloves, you are sweating, you are batting and you want to eat a banana but some other guy is holding the banana and you think, ‘I don’t want to eat that banana.
‘You don’t want those questions in your head while playing. You need to concentrate on the ball. That’s my opinion. The world can feel free to discuss on that.’