While cricket has been postponed or cancelled to prevent the spread of COVID-19, this disaster could solve a major problem in the game.
From the Ashes to the IPL, cricket never seems to stop being on our radios and TV screens. Long gone are the days of it being a summer sport – there are now competitions for players to show off their skills all year round.
From a spectator’s perspective, this is fantastic news. What could be better than round-the-clock cricket?
And more cricket means more money for all those with a stake in the game, which surely must be good news for the growth of the sport.
Yet we forget the most fundamental people: the players.
Spectators are often baffled by the players’ skills and seemingly superhuman abilities. Yet the thrills and spills they produce on the pitch come at a huge price to their bodies and minds.
However impressive and otherworldly they may seem, they are only human beings like you and me.
After game upon game of pushing their bodies to the limit, under extreme pressure, as millions watch on and scrutinise them, it isn’t surprising many players are left desperate for a break.
Players shouldn’t have to ask their teams for a break from the sport they love because the schedule is too gruelling.
Coronavirus allows a perfect chance for cricketers to rest their weary bodies and minds, allowing them to return fresh and ready to enter the fray all over again when the sport finally returns.
If they are in a better mental and physical state, surely that will help the standard of the game to improve.
So, while you sit stuck at home, desperate for some form of cricket to be on and for this virus to end, remember that this cloud could have a silver lining for the sport we love.