Former England international and Surrey veteran Gareth Batty fears his playing career might be over in wake of the threat posed by the deadly coronavirus over the upcoming domestic season. In all likeliness, the county season will either be postponed or cancelled altogether to mitigate the impact of global spread of the virus. Also Read - 9 PM, 9-Minute: India Gears up For 'Diya Jalao' Challenge; PM Modi, Shah Remind Citizens to Turn Off Lights Tonight
Batty, 42, is into the 23rd year of his professional career having signed a 12-month deal with Surrey last October. Also Read - Kamal Haasan 'Expected' PM Narendra Modi to Speak About More Important Things, Tweet in Kannada Goes Viral
With England and Wales Cricket Board suspending all recreational cricket, the offspinner feels he might have played his last match of first-class career. “I might never play cricket again. I’ll be brutally honest, I’m nowhere, I don’t know what to do,” Batty told talkSport2. Also Read - Possibly Through Neglect Pietersen Became Isolated: Strauss Admits Mistake in Handling Flamboyant Batsman
“It’s a very difficult time, obviously, for everybody out there, but certainly for professional sportspeople. We’re in a very unique position – your body is your currency, and if you can’t do the right things and put the good things into it, you feel like you’re just missing a trick,” he added.
Batty has played 261 first-class matches so far in addition to 271 List A and 171 T20s games as well. He has 1,074 wickets and scored 10,396 runs across formats.
“Most of the time, a player can go out and do something about it. They can go out and get fitter or practice more. Your career is in your hands. At this moment in time, it is not. It has been taken away. And rightly so,” he said.
Batty also played 9 Tests, 10 ODIs and one T20I between 2002 and 2009.
He though backed ECB’s decision saying they are necessary keeping in mind the seriousness of the situation.
“We’ve all got to pull together. The ECB will be under huge strain. Everybody within the cricket community, we’ve got to fund-raise and make sure that we look after our game. It means rolling sleeves up and painting the sight screens,” he said.