Unwanted pandemic but 'good rest' for cricketers: Zaheer Abbas
NEW DELHI: Total lack of live action due to the COVID-19 pandemic is a good break for modern cricketers who spend most of their time on the road, feels legendary Pakistan batter Zaheer Abbas .
The international calendar, on its game days, was not as crowded as it is today.
I think it is a good rest for them. They always live in suitcases, play cricket too much, and rarely have time to be home. Now they have the opportunity to spend time with the family, Abbas told PTI Bhasha of Karachi. .
I suggest that you do an introspection, keep working on your fitness, and do what you can't because of your busy schedule. It will also keep them renewed for the future, the former captain added.
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Sports activities around the world have stagnated due to the novel coronavirus Outbreak with most events canceled or postponed, including the Tokyo Olympics.
Abbas called the situation unprecedented.
Life without live sports is boring, but health is the most important thing right now. It is an unprecedented situation. I have not seen in my life that the whole world stops.
It will affect every country, every field and sport is no exception. The financial losses will be enormous, he said.
Abbas was supposed to be with his wife in London, but he was stuck in Karachi due to the travel ban in the wake of the virus outbreak.
Spend time watching recordings of old games, movies, and talking to friends from all over the world.
I was supposed to go to London because my wife is there and the situation is very bad there. I'm worried about her.
" Pakistan team was scheduled to tour England and I was looking forward to watch matches as we have a home near Lord's, but suddenly the whole scenario has changed. All plans have been cancelled."
Abbas is one of the first Asian hitters to make 100 hundred first class.
"Now most of the time I watch TV, old matches, movies and talk to friends all over the world. It has been 15 days since the lockdown began in Pakistan but I think it will be extended."
He said that the resumption of sports events will depend on how the situation develops in the coming times.
It depends on how the situation develops. At some point, sports activities must be resumed, but before that life should return to normal.
If all concerned authorities are satisfied, they can go ahead with the events, but nothing can be said from now on, he said.
He did not agree with former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar The proposal for a three-party ODI series against India to raise funds for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
I think it is very difficult. We've been trying for a long time, but I don't see that happening in the near future, the sleek hitter said.