Playing without fans won't diminish competitive advantage: Ben Stokes

England Ben all terrain Stokes says that playing in closed stadiums would not affect the competitive side of games and that players would do anything to get Cricket again on television screens for fans to watch during the COVID-19 crisis.

The spread of the novel coronavirus has brought sport to a standstill. Staging games without spectators has been suggested as one way to resume professional Cricket .

England 's home series against Antilles slated for June has been postponed, with the probability that those three tests will be played later in the summer without fans.


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When asked if Cricket might lose its competitive edge in such an atmosphere Stokes , 28, said that even without fans the players would still be going out to win.

Think about it, we are walking out to represent our country, we got three lions on our chest and there is a game that we are supposed to win, Stokes told BBC Radio 5 Live.

So whether it's in front of anyone or, as we are used to, in front of the crowd, I don't think it's going to take away that competitive side.

It is a completely different scenario to understand, that there is not going to be the atmosphere or the joy that we are used to when we play an international game.

"We would do anything to get Cricket back on the TVs and for people to follow and watch. If that means you have to play in front of nobody then so be it," he added.


Stokes , a key part of England 's 2019 World Cup triumph, was not sure when Cricket would resume but felt bigger issues were at stake.

We are still not 100% sure when that will happen, he said.

"... at the end of the day, Cricket is just a sport and the safety, health and wellbeing of everybody involved, not just in the team but around Cricket community, is important right now."