Buttler fine with England playing different formats at same time

  • Cricket
  • Tuesday, 07 Apr 2020

FILE PHOTO: Cricket - South Africa v England - Third T20 - Supersport Park, Centurion, South Africa - February 16, 2020 England's Jos Buttler looks dejected as he walks off the pitch after South Africa's Tabraiz Shamsi takes the catch to dismiss him off the bowling of Dwaine Pretorius REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

LONDON (Reuters) - England could field two different teams on the same day at separate venues if the COVID-19 pandemic leads to a compressed home season, wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has said.

England have suspended professional cricket until at least May 28 due to the global health crisis, which also looms over their home series against West Indies, Pakistan, Australia and Ireland.

"I think I saw (limited-overs captain) Eoin Morgan say everything has to be looked at as a possibility," Buttler, 29, told British media.

"If it was logistically possible, I think you would get people wanting to watch.

"Is it an option? Could you put two games on the same day? Potentially you could, in different areas," said Buttler.

"It's right that it is being considered."

Asked which format he would pick if different formats were played concurrently, Buttler said, "I don't know, whichever one I got selected to play in."

The World Cup-winning player also saw some merit in the idea of playing in stadiums without fans present.

"We haven't watched any sport for a long time, and we know how big an impact TV revenue has on the game and how vital that is.

"I know it would be very strange playing competitive sport without a crowd ... but it would be nice for people who have been in isolation or lockdown for a long time to be able to see their heroes and role models back on the TV."

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; editing by Peter Rutherford)

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