Stewart prepared for first county cricket wipeout since WWII

Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart has reluctantly accepted there may nonetheless be a long-term good for the county recreation should the coronavirus diploma throughout the market may be not a home motion this season for the primary time offered that Second World Warfare.

The worldwide outbreak of Covid-19 has seen the beginning of the 2020 English promoting selling and promoting and selling promoting and selling selling promoting and advertising and marketing advertising and marketing marketing campaign delayed till 1 July on the earliest.

And with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) dealing with a doable lack of £380 million if there may be not a cricket all through the least, officers have made it clear that salvaging worthwhile males’s internationals, albeit behind closed doorways, is their precedence.

Whereas away from glad on the prospect of an vital season with out county cricket offered that Second World Warfare, former England captain Stewart educated the Telegraph: “If county cricket is solely not a value surroundings good put collectively then I can perceive why there may be furthermore opposition and the view ‘why not lower your funds and play subsequent yr?’.

“Sturdy selections have to be made for the efficiently being of people nonetheless (furthermore) the efficiently being of the sport.

“These sturdy monetary selections simply is not going to be going to simply be about this yr nonetheless will presumably be important for the following 5 years as appropriately.

“In monetary phrases county golf gear are often on the an comparable stage as division one or two soccer golf gear and all individuals will uncover it exhausting if as an illustration it prices 30 000 per week for testing twice per week.

“Occasions that by 18 counties after which which can be an infinite resolve.”

The likes of Rory Burns, the Curran brothers and Ollie Pope have all stepped off the Surrey manufacturing belt and into the England aspect in current season.

Nonetheless Stewart worries what a season with out first-class cricket may diploma out for participant enchancment, notably if English rising stars are unable to know abroad expertise later contained contained within the yr.

“It’s extra weak to be one utterly completely completely utterly totally different yr by the goal they play as quickly as extra. By then they might have gone 18 months with none aggressive cricket,” he acknowledged.

“A substantial amount of youthful avid avid avid avid gamers after they first go away faculty will go to Australia for the winter and play grade cricket,” added the 57-year-old Stewart.

“Will Australia be letting individuals in? We (Britain) have the second-highest lack of life value on the planet (from the coronavirus).

“In case you flipped it and requested would we be sending our lads to someplace with the second-highest lack of life value I actually truly actually truly actually really feel there may be furthermore doubts.”

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