Englishman Jason Roy desperate to return to cricket, even behind closed doors
LONDON: England's first game Jason Roy he's desperate to play again Cricket even if matches have to be held behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Roy, who was part of the England World Cup winning team last year, had the pleasure of playing in an empty stadium at Pakistan Super League (PSL) earlier this year and said it was a strange experience.
There is no atmosphere, said the 29-year-old. As simple as that to be honest. It was a very strange feeling.
You are used, as a hitter, with the bowler running, being relatively quiet. You learn to block the crowd, but as soon as the ball ends, you hear the crowd go completely insane and there when that was the case it was absolute silence, it was the weirdest thing.
The PSL, a Twenty20 competition, closed its doors to spectators in March before suspending the competition days later due to coronavirus.
Despite that experience, Roy, a destructive opening hitter, wants to play again, with the start of the English season delayed until July 1 at the earliest.
I am more than happy to play behind closed doors, he said. I think it would be good to get out.
The Surrey player said the British government blockade meant he was severely limited in his ability to practice.
I'm touching shadows in the mirror, I look pretty good, he joked. So that's all I can do, to be honest, hit a tennis ball against my wall here at home, freak out a little.
Roy said the ongoing disruption means it could make sense to postpone the T20 World Cup, scheduled for Australia in October, but said the players will make sure they are ready if he continues.
He said he was happy to start playing again when asked by his bosses why he trusted his judgment, describing himself as a pawn in the sports world.
Roy was asked about the comments made by Barcelona footballer Ivan Rakitic, who told the Spanish press that he was ready to risk returning to action despite the virus.
Roy said: If an individual wants to go to the front line and put himself at risk, then he's good to him, but if someone doesn't want to, then I don't think he should be ashamed either.
"Whatever's right in that situation. If the country desperately needs us to play Cricket to make themselves feel better... but I'm not sure that's the case."