The coronavirus pandemic has absolutely disrupted the international sporting calendar with cricket also drastically affected by the prevalent health crisis. With no certainty cast over the resumption of normal cricketing ties, there have been talks of arranging matches between teams amidst empty stands to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
While many players have backed the proposition, Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq feels playing in the absence of spectators diminishes the essence of playing an international match. Citing his experience of playing behind closed doors in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Imam hoped the T20 World Cup would go ahead as planned in jam-packed stadiums.
"I personally feel T20 World Cup, if it happens, should take place with crowds as its charm is something else for players and everyone involved. But this will be decided by ICC and we will respect that. Let's hope for the best. We also need to ensure players and crowd safety," Imam told reporters.