Former England captain Nasser Hussain says cricket purists ‘may have to suck it up this summer’ after the ECB postponed the season due to coronavirus.
The ECB announced on Friday that there would be no professional cricket in England until at least May 28 because of the coronavirus outbreak.
With the counties set for a significant loss of revenue, the cricket calendar may be swayed towards T20 cricket if and when the season is able to start.
And England legend Hussain said: ‘One thing the ECB will have to do is prioritise the financial decisions in all this – Test match cricket, white-ball cricket.
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‘Maybe the purist will just have to suck it up this summer with the County Championship. These are the decisions the ECB will have to make with their stakeholders and their partners.
‘Cricketers, groundsmen, clubs, umpires – anyone involved in the professional game – would have just wanted some kind of clarity and date to work to.
‘I don’t think the ECB had any choice [but to delay the season] but it was good there was a bit of clarity, even though the date is probably going to be arbitrary and probably going to be moved.’
Former Warwickshire and England batsman Jonathan Trott added: ‘I think it’s going to be a summer where you have to make do with what you get.
‘The Hundred is a huge thing for the ECB and international cricket is going to have to be prioritised. You are going to see fixtures juggled all over the place to get as much cricket in as possible.
‘You are maybe going to go as late as October if you can domestically. The county grounds have floodlights so maybe we can use those and extend the season as long as possible.’
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