Misbah says the back-door England series could lift ‘disappointed’ fans


06 May 2020, 00:36 IST has changed

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Pakistan’s head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq

Misbah-ul-Haq said the prospect of Pakistan facing England behind closed doors was “not ideal” but he believed it could provide much-needed lift for “frustrated” cricket fans.

Pakistan are set to start a three-match Test series against Joe Root’s team at Lord’s on July 30, including three Twenty20 matches.

The coronavirus epidemic has cast doubt on that schedule, with England’s Test series v West Indies already suspended.

With cricket back and when Misbah will be disappointed to see tourists playing in empty spaces, it seems impossible to allow spectators to visit the venues, he thinks the international move could help further this darkness.

Pakistan’s head coach and chief selector told Status Performer: “It’s definitely not ideal, you’d love to go there and serve in an environment with the spectators – these are the most important part of any sport.

“It’s not ideal, but if you look at it differently, people are mostly locked in their homes and there’s no sport going on at the moment.

“They have nothing to watch and the news of Kavid-19 is everywhere and people are frustrated. In this situation if we can start playing, if we can start cricket, at least the fans can watch that cricket on TV at home and they can enjoy it. .

“If you look at it that way, I think if I can do it with the proper security barriers and no one is in danger, I think we can just go ahead and start from somewhere.”

Misbah hopes that the Pakistani players will be ready to run on the ground if they are able to get on the field again.

He said: “I think there is more to personal responsibility as a professional in this situation; what we can do, how we are working.

“We’re obviously trying to communicate with the players that fitness is what we need whenever we hit the ground again. Obviously if we’re fit enough, if we maintain our fitness level we can get back to our form or skills quickly.

“If we can lose our fitness during this isolated period, it will be tough because if we get back to work, it will be harder for us to work with skills or fitness. It is important for the players to prepare themselves physically and mentally.”