Ban on recreational cricket should go: Crawley

Last Updated 26 June 2020, 11:17 IST

It's time that the government lifts ban on recreational cricket, says England batsman Zak Crawley, who feels cricket is a game which can be played with precautions.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had said recreational cricket cannot be played since cricket balls are a "natural vector" of coronavirus.

"I'd like to see that decision reserved to get community cricket back on. The England players are well aware of it - we have friends who want to play. I feel like it's time to bring it back," Crawley was quoted as saying by the BBC.

"You can social distance easily in cricket. You can't put saliva on the ball at international level, and you could easily do that at community level."

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is hopeful of club cricket resuming in the first week of July.

The 22-year-old Crawley is part of the 30-player England squad gearing up for the series against the West Indies, starting July 8 at Southampton.

According to a BBC report, all England's players and staff have tested negative for coronavirus - among 702 tests carried out between 3 and 23 June - while pace bowler Jofra Archer was cleared to join the group on Thursday after a member of his household felt unwell over the weekend.

Crawley is aware that he has stand out to grab a place in England top order.

"It's great to see. I remember the Australia team of the early 2000s - some really good players didn't get in that side and that is why they were so strong.

"They had such good training environments, where everyone is always trying to improve and it feels like we have something similar at the moment. We've got strength in depth and that's what pushes you harder," he said.

(Published 26 June 2020, 11:17 IST)

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