An unwanted pandemic but a ‘good rest’ for cricket players, feels Zaheer Abbas
FIGURE: Former Pakistani cricket Zaheer Abbas (center) displays a plate carrying a portrait of 12 extraordinary Pakistani cricket players when Sourav Ganguly (right) from India and Sachin Tendulkar see it. Photo: Arko Datta / Reuters
The lack of direct action because the COVID-19 pandemic is a ‘good rest’ for modern cricket players who spend most of their time on the road, feels legendary beating Pakistan Zaheer Aabbas.
The international calendar, on his playing days, is not stuffed like today.
“I think this is a good rest for them. They always live with luggage, play too much cricket, and rarely get time at home. Now they have the opportunity to spend time with family,” said Abbas from Karachi.
“I would advise them to be introspective, continue to work on fitness and do whatever they cannot afford because of their busy schedule. This will also keep them fresh for the future,” the former captain added.
Sports activities around the world have stalled due to a new coronavirus outbreak with most events canceled or postponed, including the Tokyo Olympics. More than 14 lakhs of people tested positive for the virus, which originated from the city of Wuhan in China, and claimed more than 88,000 lives.
Abbas called the situation unprecedented.
“Life without direct exercise is boring, but health is the most important thing at the moment. This is an unprecedented situation. I have not seen in my life the whole world come to a standstill. It will affect every country, every field and sport is no exception. “The financial loss will be very large,” he said.
Abbas was supposed to be with his wife in London, but was bogged down in Karachi because of a travel ban after a virus outbreak.
He spends time watching old game recordings, films, and talking with friends all over the world.
“I was supposed to go to London because my wife was there and the situation was very bad there. I was worried about it. The Pakistan team was scheduled to tour England and I hoped to watch the game because we had a house near the Lords, but suddenly the whole scenario has changed. All plans have been canceled. “
Abbas was one of the earliest Asian batsmen who produced 100 first class.
“Now most of the time I watch TV, old games, films and talk with friends all over the world. It’s been 15 days since the lockdown started in Pakistan but I think it will be extended.”
He said the resumption of sporting events will depend on how the situation unfolds in the future.
“It depends on how the situation is open. At a certain point in time, sports activities must continue, but before that life must get back on track.
“If all interested parties are satisfied, they can continue the event, but nothing can be said until now,” he said.
He disagreed with the proposal of former Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar for the ODI series of three matches against India to raise funds for the war against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I think this is very difficult. We have been trying for a long time but I don’t see that happening anytime soon,” said the stylish batsman.
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