Very optimistic root England will play at home Testing despite the virus
LONDON: England captain Joe Root You said you are very optimistic. Test cricket will take place in your team's 2020 home season, even if that means the team has to spend more than two months in quarantine.
With Britain currently on hold due to the coronavirus , a series of three tests against the Antilles Scheduled for June has been postponed, and Pakistan is due to visit later in a season whose start has now been delayed until at least July 1.
In an attempt to save the most lucrative parties after a warning from England and Wales Cricket Board ( ECB ) Executive Director Tom Harrison that a fully wiped out season could cost the board 380 million pounds ($ 469 million, some reports have suggested that an expanded squad of up to 30 could remain in camp for nine weeks, with the tests played behind closed doors.
Root said that as long as the British government relaxes the shutdown rules enough to allow parties to continue, some international parties could still bail out of a campaign that would otherwise possibly be arid.
I am very optimistic, I hope that is the case and it would be a real shame if it were not, he told the Cricket program on Sky Sports on Thursday.
I think several people are desperate to watch the sport live on television and the boys are so lost in playing and would love to go back there.
Root, who saw England cut short a tour of Sri Lanka in March because of the threat of COVID-19, praised the recent input of ECB medics as he stressed: "Safety is paramount and we need to make sure everyone involved is absolutely safe.
I am sure that the discussions will progress and we will get more information and get closer and closer to cricket and international cricket.
One plan would be to have all the internationals this season played at the Ageas Bowl in Hampshire and Lancashire It is Old Trafford, as these sites, with their on-site hotels, offer better 'biosecurity' than other testing sites.
But it could put pressure on the players' private and family lives if they couldn't, as is normal in a local season, go home between games.
However, the Yorkshire Root hitter, whose wife Carrie is expecting their second child, said he and his teammates could cope.
It would be the playgroup and management, almost in their own little house, in everything and almost in isolation, without interacting with the opposition, broadcast teams, officials or the media, he explained.
It would be a very different aspect of what a normal exam week would look like and the environment we work in, but I think it is probably manageable and I hope that is the case.
But Root, acknowledging the need for England to be "flexible" in a situation that could "drastically change" in the coming weeks, added "we've got to find safe ways of getting out of the bubble".
For me that would be, could I get to the birth, would I be in isolation for two weeks, could I have a test to return to the bubble?
Who knows exactly how that will be: they are discussions that will take place in the coming weeks.
We will have to clarify and make sure things are well secured so there is no chance of people getting sick or getting sick.