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Deutrom doubts Scots' closed-door plan



Warren Deutrom

Warren Deutrom

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Warren Deutrom

Cricket Scotland have offered New Zealand the option of playing their scheduled internationals behind closed doors when the lockdown is eased.

The teams are due to meet in a T20 and one-day international in Edinburgh on June 10 and 12, the week before the Black Caps are due to visit Ireland for three T20Is and three ODIs in Bready and Stormont respectively.

Although prospects of sport resuming in June remains unlikely, New Zealand yesterday came out of a strict lockdown and could be free to travel if the British government agrees to ease the current restrictions.

Cricket Scotland CEO Gus Mackay said: "If we got the go-ahead to play internationals behind closed doors, it's something we'd consider and something we would be able to do. The cost of temporary stands would be taken out of the equation."

The cost-saving, particularly with a broadcasting partner on board, would be an attraction for Cricket Ireland as well but Warren Deutrom remains wary of games going ahead behind closed doors.

"It is probably the option with the largest question mark around it," he said. "How would cricketers celebrate taking wickets or scoring a century harmonise with social distancing? And even taking one or two health workers off the frontline is not something I, personally, would be comfortable with."

For now, all cricket is cancelled and Scotland and Northern Ireland can only wait.

Belfast Telegraph