Will have to adapt: Neesham continues to play behind closed doors
WELLINGTON: With cricket finances taking a hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New Zealand The multifaceted Jimmy Neesham says they will have to adjust to playing before empty stadiums to save the sport from financial ruin.
The cricket boards of England and Australia, which are driving the sports economy alongside India, fear that they may face a serious financial crisis due to the postponement of events leading to reduced earnings.
It seems unlikely that Elite level cricket action will resume soon, and the T20 World Cup, scheduled for October and November, is under a cloud of uncertainty.
If the situation is that the only way to play cricket is behind closed doors, I think it's something we have to adapt to as players, Neesham told ESPNcricinfo.
Both of them Cricket australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board have felt the strain after the pandemic halted all cricket activities.
In April, CA had announced the reduction of 80 percent of its staff, even as players from both countries prepared for salary cuts.
Considering the extraordinary situation, Neesham, 29, said: The reality is that it is a great financial challenge for many cricket boards to continue to operate without revenue from games.
So obviously we want to try to keep the sport in the best possible state. If that means playing behind closed doors, the boys just have to put up with it and do it.
The New Zealand er, however, added nothing can beat playing in front of fans.
Certainly, all things considered, I would rather have fans on the ground. It adds a lot to the game and the show. But he wants to adapt to the situation that is presented to him, he said.
The pandemic, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province, has caused the cancellation or postponement of all sporting events worldwide, including the Tokyo Olympics.