This is like nirvana: Langer on Australian cricketers staying home
Australian cricket team coach Justin Langer has likened the self-isolation of his players to nirvana. The entire nation like many others is in a lockdown in relation to the coronavirus pandemic which has seen more than 21,000 people lose their lives globally. Langer also sympathized with people going through this difficult phase. Here's what Langer claimed.
At the moment, Australian cricket is in its off-season and has been largely insulated from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The deadly virus which has suspended all of Australia's major sporting competitions that run during the autumn and winter. Several Australian players are set to feature in the IPL, however, the tournament which got postponed until April 15, could get cancelled wholly.
Langer highlighted the positives from this self-isolation period. "The truth is for me personally and for all the players, this is like nirvana in the fact we're home with our families, we sleep in our own beds, we eat home cooked dinners and we can still work in one degree or another from home," Langer told reporters on Thursday.
Australia has recorded more than 2,550 infections, with 12 people losing their lives. The economy has been hit and many people have lost jobs. Langer said the impact of the virus had hit close to home. "I've got four daughters at home and three of them have lost their jobs," he said. "It's a great eye-opener to me, how careful we have to be."
"Talk about being prepared for rainy days. This is certainly more than a rainy day. Whether it's a footy club or my daughters all losing their jobs ... I have great empathy for so many people going through this tough time," added the Australian coach.