NEW DELHI: The coronavirus outbreak has brought the entire world to a standstill and sporting events across the world have either been cancelled or suspended. And former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar has said that with the way things are going, live sporting action may return only after another 4-5 months.
"The way things are going we'd not be c get to see any live sport for maybe 4-5 months. That's gonna be tough not just on the present players but also those that follow the game," Gavaskar told India Today.
"There are numerous fans of various sports, for them to be ready to only check out the old action after a time it gets boring, for nostalgia you'll return and see what happened earlier but actually you wanna see live sport be it on television or ground and for that not being able to be seen till September that's a worrying thing and I am pretty certain that the officials of all the sports are planning plan a, b, c to get over this era of uncertainty," Gavaskar explained.
While there are talks of holding an IPL behind closed doors, Gavaskar said that it should be the last option.
"I think that's gonna be absolutely the last straw otherwise you recognize once you can't have absolutely anyone at the ground only then you should play without crowds.
"Every performer likes to perform ahead of a crowd which appreciates the talents and temperament. Same in theatre. So I feel it isn't going to be easy on the performers also. Players also want to get the high fives and hugs."