The aspect of competitiveness is not going to be misplaced even when motion unfolds earlier than empty stadiums, says world’s premier all-rounder Ben Stokes who would not thoughts worldwide cricket changing into a ‘TV solely sport’ until COVID-19 pandemic is beneath management. Stokes’ opinion was sought whether or not upcoming England vs West Indies sequence at residence in empty stadiums will lose its sheen as ECB is considering cricket with out stay spectators for a while. “I do not suppose so. Give it some thought, we’re strolling out to signify our nation, three lions on our chest and there’s a sport that we’re presupposed to win. So whether or not it’s in entrance of no one or like we’re used to in-front of full crowd, I do not suppose it is going to take that aggressive aspect away,” Stokes advised BBC Radio 5 Reside.
The England all-rounder, nonetheless, admitted that it’ll take a while to regulate to the attainable state of affairs after getting used to enjoying in entrance of a capability crowd. “Yeah, fully totally different state of affairs to get our heads round that there is not going to be the ambiance or cheering (of supporters) once we play worldwide video games,” mentioned the 28-year-old Stokes, who has performed 63 Exams, 95 ODIs and 26 T20Is.
For Stokes, cricket on TV, in the intervening time, is the best choice. “We’d do something to get cricket again on TVs, and other people, who comply with and watch. If which means enjoying in-front of no one then so be it,” he mentioned.
Nevertheless, he maintained that the security and well-being of everybody stays a precedence. “We’re nonetheless not one hundred percent certain when that is going to occur. All people’s concern in the meanwhile is protected and effectively being of all people,” he mentioned.
“Gamers and ECB usually are not going to push something till all people is glad, with out being having to fret about whether or not individuals are going to be uncovered or put at risk to something,” England’s World Cup hero mentioned. “On the finish of the day, cricket is only a sport and its the security, well being, and wellbeing of all people concerned, not simply within the staff however round cricket group is essential proper now.”