After handling the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, cricket is likely to run in empty stadiums, at least for some months. The 29-year-old New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham feels that the cricketers have to adapt to this change.
Like the busy daily life of the world, cricket has also been affected hugely due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Some crucial cricket events in recent times have already been postponed and some of the upcoming cricket events are likely to face the same fate.
However, the cricket bodies are now thinking about how to resume the game. Even the game resumes after a few months, it is very hard to see the spectators in the ground. James Neesham is ready to adapt the international cricket matches in empty stadiums.
Neesham told ESPNcricinfo, “If the situation is that the only way to play cricket is behind closed doors then I think it is something that we have to adapt to as players.”
While the recent cricket events have been postponed, and in the danger to get cancelled, the players and other staffs of some cricket bodies are also facing pay cuts. As the boards are facing financial challenges, Neesham believes that it is important to continue the game with some unavoidable changes.
He added, “The reality is that it is a huge financial challenge for a lot of cricket boards to still run without any revenue coming in from games.
“So obviously we want to try and keep the sport in as good a state as it can be in. If that means playing games behind closed doors, the guys just need to suck it up and get it done.”
Fans add a lot to the game and to the spectacle: James Neesham
The last international match was played between Australia and New Zealand during the Sydney ODI on 13th March 2020 in an empty stadium, where Neesham also participated. However, Neesham has admitted that nothing can beat the game than playing in front of the spectators.
He said, “Certainly all things considered you would rather have fans in the ground. It adds a lot to the game and to the spectacle. But you want to adapt to the situation that is given to you.”
Since his international debut in 2013, James Neesham has played 12 Tests, 63 ODIs and 18 T20Is. While New Zealand unluckily finished as the runners-up in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Neesham played an important all-rounder role for his team by scoring 232 runs and taking 15 wickets.