Sport on TV can lift spirits during coronavirus lockdown: Morgan

FILE PHOTO: Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup Final - New Zealand v England - Lord's, London, Britain - July 14, 2019 England's Eoin Morgan in action Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

(Reuters) – England’s limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan says giving fans the chance to watch live cricket on television, even if the matches took place without spectators, would help boost morale during the coronavirus pandemic.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has suspended all professional cricket until May 28 but is looking at the possibility of playing internationals behind closed doors.

“If medical experts advised us it was OK to play behind closed doors and it was on TV, I think that would be a huge step forward for the game,” the World Cup winning captain told reporters in a conference call.

“Sport … could play a huge role in uplifting the world and people’s perspective on things.

“Isolation encourages idle minds and I think sport can create that theatre and level of expectation around what it’s like to be outside again and be active.”

England have home test series against West Indies and Pakistan and limited overs matches against Australia from June to August but changes to the schedule look likely due to the coronavirus lockdown.

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