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Justin Langer talks up value of behind-closed-doors cricket

Justin Langer talks up value of behind-closed-doors cricket
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The Australia coach says they would provide entertainment for cricket fans watching on TV or listening on radio.

Australia coach Justin Langer believes resuming cricket behind closed doors when it is safe to do so will have "great value" to the public.

Like almost the entire sporting schedule around the world, cricket has been halted by the coronavirus pandemic, with no return date set in stone.

One of the options being mooted is to have the sport resume after restrictions have been lifted but in empty stadiums.

And it is an idea Australia coach Langer would support.

Playing in an empty ground good have value, says Justin Langer
Playing in an empty ground could provide value to cricket fans watching on TV, says Justin Langer (Jason O'Brien/PA)

He told BBC Radio Five Live: "When you started off playing cricket, when you were under age, there's no crowds there.

"You played it because you loved playing the game, you loved playing with your mates and you loved playing the game.

"For the love of the game, and for still being able to entertain people through TV sets or radio, then there's value in (playing behind closed doors).

"Yes it's different, but we'll never, ever, ever take for granted how lucky we are ever again."

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