Former India captain Rahul Dravid doesn't like the idea of holding cricket matches in bio-secure venues as the world continues to battle the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Bengaluru: Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis, batting legend Rahul Dravid has described the idea of resuming cricket in a bio-secure environment as “unrealistic”.
In its bid to restart cricket post-coronavirus, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) came up with the idea of bio-secure venues to host Pakistan and West Indies at home.
“It is a bit unrealistic to have things at the level, the ECB is talking about. Obviously, the ECB is very keen to conduct these series because they have had no other cricket...,” Dravid said during a webinar conducted in support of YUVA, a non-profit organisation, according to news agency PTI.
“Even if they are potentially able to create a bubble and manage it in that way, I think it will be impossible for everyone to do it with the kind of calendar that we have, with the travelling that you do on tours and the number of people involved,” he added.
“All of us are hoping that things will evolve with time and get better once we have better medication. In case of the bio-bubble, you do all the testing, the quarantine and then on day two of the Test match, what if one player tests positive? What happens then? The rules, as they stand now, will see the Public Health Department coming in and putting everyone in quarantine.
“...that ends all the expenses that were made to get everyone there and create that environment.
“We're going to have to work with the Health Department and Government authorities to find out a way in which even if a player tests positive, the whole tournament isn't cancelled,” the former India captain said.
All cricket matches around the world have been suspended due to the coronavirus. Dravid is currently the head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to conduct an isolation camp for cricketers at the NCA.
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Last Updated 26, May 2020, 3:50 PM