Nasser Hussain feels that ECB should scrap County Championship this year in the wake of Coronavirus outbreak
The global pandemic has compelled the world to suffer from an economic crisis and several boards including ECB are facing its consequences.
Updated - Apr 5, 2020 4:32 pm
The world has come to a standstill due to the outbreak of coronavirus across the globe. The life-threatening virus has put the world to a halt as more than 60,000 deaths have been registered worldwide due to its spread. Moreover, the cases are increasing with every passing day, taking a toll on human existence.
The sporting events across the world have also been severely affected by the pandemic. All major events in the world have either been postponed or called off in the wake of COVID-19. From English Premier League to Indian Premier League– the wrath of coronavirus hasn’t spared a single sporting event.
Meanwhile, former England skipper Nasser Hussain has opined in this stern situation that ECB should scrap the County Championship this season till the pandemic subsides. The County Championship is slated to begin from April 12. However, but with the United Kingdom being under complete lockdown, no professional cricket has been scheduled until May 28.
‘I don’t see the point of doing it at all’: Nasser Hussain
“If you can’t do the County Championship justice, or do it properly, then I can’t see the point of doing it at all, to be honest with you,” Nasser Hussain told Sky Sports.
“You are better off going down the more lucrative, money-grabbing ways of promoting the game such as international cricket, then white-ball cricket. The Blast becomes a very, very important tournament if and when they do get back on the cricket field because it does get a good audience,” he added.
ECB is anticipated to incur a major loss due if no cricket is played during the summer. Due to the global pandemic, ECB could be losing over 300 million pounds through the summer. Amid these trying times, ECB had also talked about a 20 per cent cut for centrally contracted players. However, according to sources, the players haven’t accepted the proposal yet.
The global pandemic has compelled the world to suffer from an economic crisis and several boards including ECB are facing its consequences. BCCI is also anticipated to incur massive losses due to the postponement of the much-awaited IPL 2020. The cash-rich league was postponed and was slated to start from April 15. However, considering the current situation across the globe, the possibility of the tournament looks slim.