Amid the coronavirus pandemic, former Pakistan cricketer Waqar Younis on Monday said that he was not in favour of closed-door matches. Younis felt stadiums without fans would not be a good idea. He said this during a video conference with journalists. Also Read - Only 7-day Hotel Quarantine For Foreign Returnees, They Can’t be Charged For 14 Days, MHA Writes to States
“No I don’t agree with this suggestion that cricket activities should resume soon even before empty stadiums,” he said. Also Read - Passenger on Chennai-Coimbatore IndiGo Flight Tests Positive For COVID-19, Crew Members Grounded For 14 Days
He felt even if closed-door matches have to happen, it can happen after five months when things normalise. Also Read - WHO Warns of COVID-19 'Second Peak' as Lockdowns Ease
“I think maybe in five or six months’ time. when things are under control around the world and we get back some normalcy in life, we can think about matches behind closed doors,” the former fast bowler said.
“At some stage, we need to think about these choices but not this month or next month…the situation is not right for any cricket activities,” he added.
Waqar also made it clear that he was very keen to see the T20 World Cup held this year in Australia even if slightly delayed.
“Whenever I have played for Pakistan as a player or been a coach with the Pakistan team it has always been my desire to see the team win a major ICC title. That is why this World T20 is so important for me and the team,” he said.
“I would like to be the part of management where we can win a major title,” he added.
(With PTI inputs)