Admitting that it would be difficult to play in front of empty stadiums, Pakistan’s limited-overs skipper Babar Azam said that it would feel similar to playing a first-class match. Also Read - Have no Reason to Doubt Integrity of 2011 WC Final: ICC
He also spoke of the difficulty of bowlers who will not be allowed to use saliva to shine the ball. Also Read - KKR Star Andre Russell's Intense Workout During COVID-19 Will Give You Fitness Goals | WATCH
“It will be very difficult. The fact that there will be no one in the crowd. It will feel like we are playing a first-class match,” Azam told Cricbuzz. Also Read - Would be More Happy to be Compared With Pakistan Greats Than Virat Kohli or Any Other Indian Player, Says Babar Azam
“You won’t be able to shine the ball as per ICC guidelines.
“It will be difficult as when people are present in the stands, playing cricket is fun. When kids come to watch, they also think and aspire to play at this level. I am sure we will miss these things,” he added.
Babar was recently appointed Pakistan’s ODI skipper and he stated that he looks up to former World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan for inspiration.
“I haven’t seem him (play) much but I have heard a lot. I have obviously watched the highlights of 1992 World Cup and other games,” said Azam.
“The way he used to take bold and brave decisions (on the field) was quite inspiring and he used to lead from the front.”