Coronavirus Outbreak: Compromises will have to be made to get cricket running again post-lockdown, says Aaron Finch
Melbourne: Australia's limited-overs captain Aaron Finch believes cricket boards across the world will have to compromise and make "one big effort" to get the sport back on track following the coronavirus hiatus.
There are speculations that the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which was suspended indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, might be conducted in October-November at the expense of the T20 World Cup in Australia.
Finch, who is on the board of Australian players' union, said it is not only about the IPL and all stakeholders will have to make compromises to get cricket to thrive again.
"It will get to a point, not just for IPL but for all cricket, there'll be a compromise from a lot of different stakeholders organisations, countries, players, the ICC to get cricket back and countries thriving again," Finch was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.
"I think the ICC are meeting next week to start discussing the FTP (Future Tours Program) again. The next couple of weeks we'll have more idea what that looks like, what compromises will be made for different tournaments and countries."
Stakes are high for Australia as India is also scheduled to tour Down Under for a Test and ODI series with $300 million riding on it.
Former Australian skipper Allan Border felt IPL should not get the precedent over the T20 World Cup, while ex-captain Ian Chappell said the top cricketers of the country need to snub the cash-rich league and choose the domestic competition like the Sheffield Shield and One-Day Cup.
Finch said things always won't be in favour of Australia but compromises will have to be made.
"Everyone working together to get the best result for everyone... Some situations where it's not ideal for Australia we have to compromise and give. It will be one big effort, I think," the 33-year-old said.
"With India coming out here this summer, Kevin Roberts (CA CEO Roberts) said it was a nine out of 10 (chance). I think there will be give and take in a lot of different things like that."
Australia is likely to resume cricket with a limited-over series in England after the Bangladesh Test tour was postponed due to the global health crisis.
England has been one of the most affected countries with over 36,000 COVID-19 deaths.
However, Finch said he has no concerns about playing in the UK as they would be staying in a bio-secure environment and would be able to train during the 14-day quarantine period.
"I'd be super excited to get any cricket back if it's international cricket all the better," Finch said.
"If it's done really well with the quarantine bubble and regular testing, I don't see it being an issue. I'd be keen to get back playing as soon as possible.
Updated Date: May 23, 2020 16:38:13 IST
Tags : Aaron Finch, Australia, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Lockdown, Coronavirus Outbreak, Coronavirus Pandemic, COVID-19, Cricket, Cricket Australia, Indian Premier League, IPL, IPL 2020, Sports, SportsTracker
COVID-19 Social Distancing: Study suggests 6 feet is not enough, virus can travel up to 20 feet
When can India expect to achieve herd immunity?
International Women’s Health Day 2020: Eight sexual health commandments for every woman to live by
Hypertension: How a hormone called aldosterone may have been the cause of your high blood pressure
Review study suggests vitamin D may not be a predictor of COVID-19 deaths, unlike previously thought
Can artificial sunlight kill the COVID-19 causing virus?
Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: 2,091 people test positive for COVID-19 in Maharashtra today; confirmed cases rise to 54,758 in state
Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: Mumbai reports 1,382 new COVID-19 cases; confirmed infections rise to 25,317
Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: Junior assistant in Delhi LG's office tests positive for COVID-19; samples from 40 staff members taken
Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: 459 people test positive for COVID-19 in Pune today, total number of cases rises to 6,153
Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: Railways will partially restore train services from 1 June, says Centre; bookings for 200 trains to begin tomorrow
Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: 267 new COVID-19 patients reported in Rajasthan today, total number of cases rises to 6,494