All Oval but the shouting: this is the post-Covid world of cricket
The sport already faced divisive issues, but now changes must come more quickly
Long before Covid-19, cricket was already in a state of flux. Questions about how the three formats of the game could coexist, the balance between club and international cricket, how to expedite the growth of women’s cricket, and inequalities between countries loomed as decisive for cricket’s trajectory in the 2020s.
The global pandemic has made all these issues more salient – a decade’s worth of changes to the sport could now take place within a year.
As countries try to stay afloat in the short term, the need for tours from England, and especially India, will be greater than ever. Given the willingness of West Indies and Pakistan to fulfil their tours this year, England will feel conscious of the need to act in the same collective spirit...