The coronavirus outbreak has brought the entire world of sports to a standstill, with players needing to practice social distancing and self-isolation during the crisis.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the governments all around are urging people to stay at home.
Ex Indian International Gautam Gambhir has predicted the changes that cricket might undergo once action resumes.
As per the former opener, cricket won’t be witnessing any sweeping changes going forward despite the ongoing crisis.
“I don’t think a lot of rules and regulations will be changed, you can probably have an alternate for the usage of saliva apart from that I don’t think so many changes will happen,” Gambhir said on a TV show.
The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in India crossed the 67,000-mark on Monday, while the death toll has topped the 2,200-mark as well.
According to the Health Ministry, Maharashtra has the highest number of cases with over 22,000 positive cases of infection and more than 830 deaths.
The now BJP MP also stated that it is impossible to maintain social distancing in most sports and people now need to get used to this virus being around and be more careful.
“Players and everyone else need to live with this virus; probably they have to get used to it that there is a virus and that it will be around. Players might end up catching it, and you got to live with it,” he said.
“Social distancing and other rules may not be easy for any sport to maintain. You can still manage to do it with cricket, but how will you do it in football, hockey and other sports as well. So, I think you just have to live with it, probably the sooner you accept it, the better it is,” he added.