‘Cricket behind closed doors would be valuable for people’ Zaheer Abbas


Karachi: Former Test cricketer Zaheer Abbas puts weight on the idea of ‘Cricket behind closed doors’ until prevailing coronavirus dies down. 

Speaking to a Sports magazine, the legendary batsman was off the view that ‘Cricket behind closed doors’ will somehow provide entertainment to the cricket fans watching at home.

“I think ‘closed-doors games’ should go on as this will be something temporary. Meanwhile, it will be valuable for the fans watching it home,” Abbas said.

The 70-years-old showed sympathy for the cricket boards around the world who are suffering through a financial crisis due to having no professional cricket around for the last month and a half.

“It’s not ideal. But the boards are losing money, so if the action resumes (even without crowd), at least some money will come in (through television rights),” he maintained.

Former Pakistani captain believes that if England Cricket Board (ECB) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) go ahead with the upcoming Pakistan vs England tour and reschedule it for sometime in August, it will be a motivation for other boards too and cricket might get resumed.

“If things improve and if the government feels that the situation is under control and its safe for teams to travel, then Pakistan may go ahead with its tour to England. It could be a smaller affair, but at least things will start somewhere,” he concluded.

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