Coronavirus: Is the Cricket Community Doing Enough?

Image taken from Evening Standard.

This is my second post on Coronavirus and to a certain extent, I feel ashamed to write this. Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have announced that they are temporarily closing down two of their hotels so that it can be used by the NHS staff for free. I do not know what businesses interests are held by most English cricketers but I sincerely hope that they are doing all that they can to help in any way they can. I do not expect or want them to go to their local community charity but they can use their social platforms to raise awareness. I am not singling out anyone but I think Stuart Broad and Harry Gurney can set a huge example by closing down their pubs before the government enforced a law to do so or Michael Vaughan can open up FITISM to key workers or to people in the area so that they can get some exercise instead of being cooped up at home. I do not know what agreements Old Trafford has with Hilton or Headingley with Headingley Lodge but they should consider the example set by Chelsea which has opened its doors to NHS workers to stay there between shifts.

Covid19 could not have come at a worse time because it will eat into the wages of those who depend on cricket for their livelihood because we have a limited amount of months when we can play cricket in England and Wales. However, I strongly believe that we as a country are strong and resilient so we will succeed as long as we band together and do not panic. We should take steps individually so that we can succeed as a team.

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