Legendary Pakistani cricketer Zaheer Abbas predicts how the cricket would look like in the post COVID-19 world
Television consumption has spiked more than ever in decades. In keeping with the trend shown, it is reasonable to say that the viewership would be high.
Pakistan’s former veteran batsmen strongly believed that upcoming Pakistan’s tour to England could possibly mark the return of international cricket.
Legendary cricketer Zaheer Abbas seemed a realistic optimist considering the changing dynamics. He believed that keeping the current situation in consideration, it is equally important for the team to get on the field to ensure their fitness. Although the circumstances are uncertain, yet the chances are that the world will soon curb the threat of the deadly virus. And, that would be a good opportunity for the team to step ahead.
It is a nerve-wracking time for all us, and even watching closed-door games would be a great source of comfort, he believed.
He emphasized that as soon as the death toll becomes stagnant, the game needs to get back on the ground. Although it would still be unsafe to allow the crowd in the stadiums, yet millions of people would be glued to their television screens. He further stated that if the Pakistani team takes the initiative, the rest would follow!
“The boards are losing money, and if things improve and the series begins, there could at least be some cricket. But of course, it all depends on how the situation pans out over the next couple of months,” he added.
The cash-inflow streams for cricket boards around the globe are ceased and to put things back on track again, these games can be of great help, Zaheer discussed.
“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). At the moment, it’s very unpredictable. You don’t know what will happen, but I think this is what the England cricket board will try to do,” the cricketing legend said.
Television consumption has spiked more than ever in decades. In keeping with the trend shown, it is reasonable to say that the viewership would be high among cricket enthusiasts all around the globe, he argued.
Furthermore, Zaheer Abbas added that playing in crowd-less stadiums would be challenging but not impossible, considering the fact that it’s just the need of the time!
“They have been away from the game for a while, so how they will fare – is something that will be on their mind. Even if they play in empty grounds, they will be fully prepared (mentally). They also know that is just happening for the time being, and there will soon be a time when the fans will be back in the stands,” he concluded.
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