Pakistan test team skipper Azhar Ali has said that cricket amid the Coronavirus fears would be a challenge but Pakistan is used to such situations and will cope better than other teams around the World of cricket.
Azhar Ali said this while to Geo News, and said that Pakistan have got experience of playing in empty stadiums and being confined to hotels and stadium grounds would not be difficult for them.
Pakistan’s tour of England will take place from August 5 to September 1 but the team will arrive in England five weeks prior in order to observe the mandatory two-week quarantine period in addition to some practice in a bio-secure environment.
“It will be a challenge, of course, these are not normal circumstances. There was a time when people used to say that if you tour Pakistan, you’ll be confined to your hotel and stadium but now this situation is everywhere,” he said.
“Playing in front of empty stadiums and being confined is something we have experienced in the past. There may be more challenges that we will only know once we are on ground, ” Azhar was quoted by Geo.
The 35-year-old said that resumption of cricket was important for both fans and the cricketers’ careers.
“Few days back we didn’t have any hope for cricket but now we are getting some opportunity to play. It is good for as we are not being wasted of our precious years. I have spoken to players and they’re excited to resume,” he said.
About the ICC rules during Virus period, Azhar said that while the rules were a need of the hour, players may initially face difficulty in abiding by them.
“We grew up doing certain things like applying saliva on the ball so it will be difficult for players to avoid it but we are already getting used to following some SOPs,” said Azhar.