Karachi: Former English batsman Kevin Pietersen thinks that the resumption of the sport will uplift the morale of the people around the world during the COVID-19 crisis.
The spread of novel coronavirus has brought sport across the world to a standstill over the last two months and Pietersen believes that if playing behind closed doors is a good option so the cricketers owe it to fans.
“Fans, the public, need a morale boost. Their morale at the moment is so negative, so down in the dumps,” he said in an interview with Reuters.
“Sport is so uplifting and so positive for so many people. The new sport will have to be played behind closed doors until we find a vaccination for coronavirus. Sportsmen have got to deal with it,” he added.
The 39-year-old asked sportsperson that why they don’t want to play behind closed doors and want them to look at the things from a broader perspective.
“Some sportsmen are in the prime of their life. Why would they not want to be playing?.”So what if the crowds are not there? The crowds may not be there in person but the broadcasting numbers will be massive,” he added.
He also said that it is an opportunity for cricket to have a serious look at solutions to problems shared by the entire cricketing world.
“The nice thing, if you can have a look at something that’s nice about this coronavirus, is it’s affecting absolutely everybody. Virat Kohli is in the same position as Kane Williamson as Joe Root to Steve Smith as Quinton de Kock, we’re all in this together,” he maintained.