The legendary Indian cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar recently went on to predict that in the current state of affairs might make it impossible for live sports to resume for more four-five months and also felt that playing in empty stadiums should be the last option. All major sports events including the Tokyo Olympics have either been canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic which has infected over 2.9 million people globally.
Talking to India Today, Gavaskar said, “I think that’s gonna be absolutely the last resort otherwise you know when you can’t have absolutely anyone at the ground only then you should play without crowds. Every performer likes to perform in front of a crowd which appreciates the skills and temperament. So I think it’s not going to be easy on the performers as well. Players also want to do the high fives and hugs.”
Gavaskar also gave a warning to the fans that their wait for live-action can be extended longer than expected. Currently, the broadcasters are feeding fans a heavy dose of old matches and Gavaskar reckons that it’s only a temporary solution.
Talking about the same, the batting legend said, “There are so many fans of different sports, for them to be able to only look at the old action after a time it gets boring, for nostalgia you can go back and see what happened earlier but actually you wanna see live sport be it on television or ground and till September that’s a worrying thing and I am pretty certain that the officials of all the sports are planning plan a, b, c to get over this period of uncertainty.”
With IPL been suspended until further notice, uncertainty also looms over the fate of the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia later this year.