A large number of matches took place without the spectators behind the closed doors as the global health crisis, Coronavirus, started spreading fast on a large scale. To avoid any ebb and flow considering the players’ and citizens’ health, the cricket authorities chose ‘matches behind closed doors’ as the possible option but however, the cricket has got completely suspended shortly after the circumstances have worsened.
The Pakistan Super League (PSL) is one of the best examples whose few matches were played behind closed doors to avoid any inconvenience.
Shoaib Akhtar, the former Pakistani speedster thinks that organizing the ahead matches without spectators will resemble a marriage without the bride.
Fans are an essential part of the game. Their chants and support to the players with ground shaking voices give stamina and confidence to the players along with granting the spirit to the game. One could have felt how PSL’s matches without the spectators felt like.
As there are no chances for cricket to go ahead probably by major means, the boards are willing to organize their respective series, leagues, tournaments, and tours behind closed doors without spectators.
Matches without spectators and behind closed doors will be like marriage without bride: Shoaib Akhtar says
“Playing cricket in the empty stadiums may be viable and durable for cricket boards. But I do not think we can market this. Playing cricket in an empty stadium is like marriage without a bride. We need crowds to play games. I hope the corona situation will be normalized within a year,” Akhtar said during a live session on Helo.