International cricket is returning to the field with a break of 117 days
International cricket is returning to the field today after being closed for almost 4 months; international cricket has not got such a big break in the last few decades. The previous time cricket was banned for a long time was due to World War II, and the service did not play out for several years.
This time too, due to the global crisis, the world is having to fight, even if it is not a world war like field cricket. The adversary is an invisible virus, which cannot be seen or felt. But this invisible killer has stopped the whole world, the impact of which has not kept the stadium free. Cricket is returning to the field after overcoming all the uncertainties and crises. Cricket is making a comeback with the Tests of England and West Indies.
The last international cricket match was played on March 13, in which Australia and New Zealand met. International cricket has not been seen since then; the situation in Corona is not yet completely under control. However, cricket cannot be stopped like this for the rest of its life, because the stagnant cricket was having a good effect on the cricket boards. So the ICC and the cricket boards started planning to return to the cricket field, but first of all, the England and Wales Cricket Board is making that plan a reality.
The three-match Test series between England and the West Indies is seen as a new adventure for Corona, but it was not an easy one. Despite the global epidemic, the West Indies have shown the courage to go to England and play the series; the ECB has assured their protection. Not only have they done their job with the announcement, but all sorts of measures have also been taken to protect the health of the cricketers. This is the first international cricket series to be held in a bio-safe environment, with the cricketers, coaching staff, and match officials of the two teams living in isolation.
The spectacle that was unthinkable in cricket six months ago is about to emerge, with no spectators on the field when the Ben Stokes-Jason holders start the fight on the field. While the spectators were called the lifeblood of cricket, cricket is getting its life back without that spectator. The moment when two England and West Indies captains, Ben Stokes and Jason Holder, will throw coins in the sky, the moment will begin the new journey of cricket. The whole cricket world is waiting for such a moment, that wait is going to end in Southampton today at 3:30 pm.
The three-match Test series between England and the West Indies is special for another reason. That is, the series has been named ‘Rise the Bat’ in honor of the fighters who fought on the front lines in the global epidemic of the coronavirus. At the same time, the ‘Black Lives Matter’ logo will be affixed on the jerseys of the two parties in solidarity with the anti-apartheid movement.