Bangladesh

‘Two batsmen cant meet after over?’ Shakib Al Hasan blasts ICC’s new guidelines

Veteran Bangladesh allrounder, Shakib Al Hasan who has been spending the quarantine period with his wife and daughters, has expressed disappointment over some of the new ICC guidelines that were aimed at minimizing the risk of covid-19 once cricket resumes.

ICC has already released a string of protocols to be followed amid COVID-19 outbreak as teams like England and Sri Lanka have already planned return to training. However, Shakib, while reflecting on these protocols, asked a few questions to the game’s governing body.

“Now we are hearing that it [Covid-19 virus] might spread around 12 feet, not just three or six. So does it mean the two batsmen can’t meet at the end of the over? They will stand at their ends? Won’t there be any crowd in the stadium? Will the wicketkeeper stand afar? What would happen to close-in fielders? These things require discussions,” said Shakib.

Shakib also added that the ICC likely wont take risks until they are fully sure that action can resume safely.

“I don’t think they [ICC] will take a chance before they are very sure. Whatever it is, life comes first. I am sure they will think of safety first,” he said.

Shakib also admitted that he has been missing being part of onfield action since a long time. The former Bangladesh skipper added that he is currently going through a tough patch. Even after the resumption of cricket in the near future, Shakib won’t be able to take part in it.

“I am counting days in two ways. One, when will corona be over, and the other, when will my suspension end. I am going through a tough time. Although there’s no cricket going on anywhere, I know that if it starts tomorrow, I won’t be able to play cricket. When you are restricted about something, whether others talk about it or not, you know yourself about what you are going through,” he concluded.

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