Chances of players getting injured will be high: Jayawardena on cricket’s resumption

International cricket is set to return in July with England-West Indies Test series.

International cricket set to be resumed from July 8 | AFPSri Lankan batting legend Mahela Jayawardena feels players will take time to find their feet when they get back to playing international cricket.

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All forms of domestic and international cricket have been on hiatus since March due to the Coronavirus pandemic across the globe.

The England-West Indies Test series, slated to start from July 8, will mark the return of international cricket.

“The skills of the players as well. It might take a little bit of time for them to find their feet. Test cricket won’t be easy and it depends on the weather as well in England. Everyone is starving for live sports,” Jayawardena said on Sony Network’s show Pit Stop.

He further said that playing behind closed doors will be a new experience, something the players will have to adapt to.

“It will be interesting how players react to empty stadiums... try and soak up that atmosphere.

“It will be different but something is better than nothing. For cricketers, it will be something new to get used to that (empty stands). They will remember that a lot of people at home will watch them perform. But definitely it is going to be something strange,” he said.

As per Jayawardena, the chances of players getting injured will be high as they will step out on the park after a long gap.

“You haven’t played for 3-4 months, all of a sudden you are there, there is a good chance there will be niggling injuries here and there. You also have to manage that workload...depends on how much the group is playing.”

(Inputs from Hindustan Times)



By Salman Anjum - 23 Jun, 2020

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