Empty venues will remind players how important fans are, says Jofra Archer

England speedster Jofra Archer says piping in music or crowd noise would help cricketers get used to playing in empty venues during the COVID-19 pandemic but the experience will show just how crucial fans are to the game.

The England and Wales Cricket Board is scrambling to salvage a coronavirus-wrecked summer as it prepares to host a three-test series against West Indies in July, possibly behind closed doors and at ‘bio-secure’ venues.

“It will be hard to play in a stadium without supporters but I understand it is necessary for things to start that way as we won’t be able to test every single fan wanting to come into the ground,” Archer, 25, wrote in his Daily Mail column.

“… I think it will be one of those things you don’t realize how much you need until it’s gone. Take it away, and we will realize how much the supporters mean to us.”

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