LONDON: Former England all-rounder Ian Botham has claimed that he obtained contaminated by the dreaded coronavirus early this yr however mistook it for “a nasty case of flu”.
The contagious illness has contaminated over 10 million individuals worldwide, killing greater than 500,000.
“I feel the factor to recollect is that six months in the past no-one even knew what this was, hadn’t heard of it,” Botham instructed Good Morning Britain.
“I’ve really had it. I had it on the finish of December, starting of January, and I believed I had a nasty case of flu. It is wonderful how lengthy it has been round, we do not know all the small print. It was very a lot a form of at midnight, let’s examine what occurs.”
Botham urged the individuals to indicate a little bit of persistence as he hoped issues would enhance in a few weeks.
“I feel individuals have been responding extraordinarily nicely. I hope they present a bit extra persistence over the following couple of weeks or so, so we will get to a state of affairs the place everyone can transfer round,” he mentioned.
Whereas the three-Take a look at sequence starting July eight between England and the West Indies will mark the resumption of international cricket following the coronavirus-enforced break, membership cricket continues to be on maintain.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had final Tuesday referred to as the cricket ball ‘a pure vector of illness’ and his resolution to uphold the ban on leisure cricket was slammed by former cricketers, together with former England captain Michael Vaughan.
Botham has little doubt that the game will start quickly as cricket is such a sport during which social distancing is feasible.
“I feel cricket will likely be again very shortly. Cricket could be performed. There isn’t any actual bodily contact there, you possibly can preserve your social distancing fairly simply,” mentioned the 64-year-old.
Botham, who’s the chairman at Durham, mentioned deliberations are on and a call will come quickly.
“I consider there are a few conferences developing the place the choices will likely be made. From my viewpoint, chatting with the boys at Durham, they’re again in coaching, they’re very, very eager to get on the market and play, as any younger sportsman,” he mentioned.
“There’s speak about whether or not it’s white ball or crimson ball cricket – it ought to be each, all features of the sport ought to come again.
“There’s loads of guys on the market, we’ve got guys at Durham, who’re within the final yr of their contract, younger gamers, and if they do not get an opportunity to indicate what they have on the market within the center, a few of these contracts will not be renewed.”