- Sam Curran thought the game would be “very different” without the fans, but the idea would be open because of Cricket’s plan to have Coronavirus next.
Changed 14 Apr 2020, 23:02 IST
England’s Sam Curran could have happily played international matches behind closed doors if the impact of the Covidio-3 epidemic could help resume global cricket.
As with most major sports around the world, elite cricket is on lockdown, while Kernan and his twin brother Tom liked coming to the start of the English domestic season last weekend.
England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan recently suggested games without spectators once the ban was lifted, television events could boost morale and all-rounder Curran would surely see the appeal.
“There is a lot of talk about sporting events behind closed doors, and I am sure that any athlete, whether they are with fans or not, will just love to play,” he said.
“I want to play. Hopefully you can still get the TV right so people can watch things from home and such.
“I would not object to playing behind closed doors because this is a game we love but with any fans it will be different.
“We haven’t had much contact [with the governing bodies]. It is taken day by day, and I think behind closed doors is something they will search for.
I set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for NHS staff and staff who are putting themselves at risk every day. I hope the cricket community, the fans, the staff, the players can help. Thanks. Sam#helpthemhelpus @helpthemhelpus_https://t.co/UiVF4xh97A
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One solution to any revised cricket schedule is for England’s Test and limited overs teams to play matches on the same day.
This arrangement would theoretically work just fine for the Curran, given that Sam has established himself as a test fixture, while right-handed bowler Tom was a member of Morgan’s winning team last year.
Tom Curran has long aspired to be in the format, taking part in the Test together during the Ashes tour of England, but his status for the Twenty20 tournament means his opportunities for pressuring him to join his case have been limited to Joe Root’s squad. .
“I’ve only played a couple of Test matches and obviously the ambitions for the huge Test are still there,” he said, referring to three international limited-overs games.
“It’s been so hard playing so many white balls over the past few years, I haven’t really played a lot of red ball cricket in Seri.
“It’s hard to go back to Test without playing domestic red-ball championship.
“Last year we were approaching the World Cup and the focus was on white ball cricket, and that’s it. Now it’s about balancing, developing my skills and waiting for my opportunity.”
Similarly, Sam’s 17 Test caps are weighted against four and five in ODIs and T20Is, respectively.
“As Tom said, this is definitely a dream,” he said of the possibility of becoming the first brother to play Test cricket alongside another brother for England, as did Serge Alemany Adam and Ben Holyo.
“Right now I’m playing Test and he’s playing one day, but the dream has to be to play three formats together.
“We have played several ODIs together but hopefully in the coming years we will be regular in three formats.
“An extra special feeling playing with your brother” “
Published on April 14, 2020, 23:02 IST