“These are the teas, these are the changing rooms, etc. Said the Prime Minister. “There are other factors involved that generate closeness that you might not have in a game of tennis. ”
This is the second time that Johnson has dashed hopes of a quick return to the game. Last week, he said the ball was a “disease vector” – the same day he announced that the bars would reopen, cinemas and restaurants on July 4 – to the great perplexity of the sportsmen.
The ECB reacted quickly to Johnson’s final remarks, stressing that it firmly believed that it had considered all potential risks in its planning with the digital, culture, media and sports department. “We believe that cricket is a contactless sport, with very low risk of exposure, and that it can be practiced with as much safety as many other currently authorized activities”, he declared in a press release .
“We think this advice – combined with strict hygiene measures – means that recreational cricket should be considered safe by the British government, which would be good news for recreational cricketers in our country. “
A level of exasperation similar to the government’s position is felt among club players, according to Prodger. “The clubs have already agreed that the game upon its return will have to be played without teas supplied and with the players already changed – this is an old trick in negotiations with the government.
“Although there is no zero risk, playing cricket is a low risk activity. The balls can be wiped off at the end of the operation and the field players can wash their hands with gel. I wonder if Johnson is speaking to DCMS. “