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Langer backs playing behind closed doors 'for the love of the game'
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Langer backs playing behind closed doors 'for the love of the game'

Australia head coach Justin Langer believes resuming cricket behind closed doors could be a viable option once the coronavirus shutdown ends.

Fans have been starved of cricket action due to the virus-induced health crisis that has wreaked havoc on the entire sporting schedule around the world.

With no date specified for the return of normal cricketing ties, the prevalent uncertainty surrounding sporting fixtures has been worrisome for all the stakeholders involved.

One of the solutions offered for restarting the game after restrictions are reduced, is holding contests in the absence of spectators.

Langer's team romped to a comprehensive victory over New Zealand last month under similar circumstances when they defeated their rivals amidst empty stands.

"When you started off playing cricket, when you were underage, there's no crowds there," he told BBC Radio.

"You played it because you loved playing the game, you loved playing with your mates and you loved playing the game.

"For the love of the game, and for still being able to entertain people through TV sets or radio, then there's value in (playing behind closed doors).

"Yes it's different, but we'll never, ever, ever take for granted how lucky we are ever again."

Australia's next assignment is a two-Test series in Bangladesh in June before they travel to the United Kingdom for limited-overs encounters against Scotland and England.