If cricket is played in empty stadiums, so be it: Ben Stokes

LONDON: The element of competitiveness will not be lost even if the action takes place before empty stadiums, says the world's leading off-roader Ben stokes who wouldn't mind international Cricket become a 'TV-only sport' until COVID-19 pandemic is under control.

Stokes' opinion was sought if the next England vs Antilles series at home in empty stadiums will lose their shine like ECB is contemplating Cricket without live spectators for some time.

I do not think so. Think about it, we are coming out to represent our country, three lions on our chest and there is a game that we are supposed to win. So whether it's in front of anyone or how we're used to being in front of a whole crowd, I don't think it's going to take away that competitive side, Stokes told BBC Radio 5 Live.

The England all-rounder however admitted that it will take some time to adjust to the possible scenario after being used to playing in front of a capacity crowd.

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Yes, a completely different scenario to understand that there will be no atmosphere or cheers (from fans) when we play international games, said Stokes, 28, who has played 63 tests, 95 ODI and 26 T20I.

For Stokes, Cricket on TV for the time being is the best option.

"We would do anything to get Cricket back on TVs, and people, who follow and watch. If that means playing in-front of nobody then so be it," he said.

However, he maintained that the safety and well-being of all remain a priority.

We are still not 100 percent sure when it will happen. Everyone's concern at the moment is the safety and well-being of everyone, he said.

"Players and ECB are not going to push anything until everybody is satisfied, without having to worry about whether people are going to be exposed or put in danger to anything," England 's World Cup hero said.

"At the end of the day, Cricket is just a sport and it's the safety, health and well-being of everybody involved, not just in the team but around Cricket community is important right now."

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