West Indies Captain Jason Holder almost forgot the most crucial unwritten rule of no handshakes when he reached out to shake hands with Ben Stokes after losing the toss in the first test match in Southampton.
However Ben stokes stuck his elbow in Jason’s Hands & both the Captains had a laugh after the toss conducted between England & Windies. England won the toss & opted to bat first. Cricket entered a new era with some stringent rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“You can’t do that, never mind just sanitize those hands,” said the broadcaster who was not present in the ground but was conducting the toss through cameras and microphones.
The current havoc of Pandemic has not only forced ICC to bring some rule changes to create a safe environment for the players & host the matches in front of empty stadiums in a bio-secure environment but it has also posed a big challenge for the players who were used to high-fives & hugs while celebrating a wicket or six during a cricket match.
Whereas West Indies Captain Jason Holder said, “Not too disheartened with bowling first. Will look to make use of these conditions. We’ve got four quicks. Got Chase as a spin-bowling option. The discipline’s the name of the game. Been a little strange. Haven’t been able to move out of the hotel. It is what it is. Preparation’s been good”.
The toss of England’s first test match was delayed for almost 2 hours because of sudden showers & wet pitch which forced the umpires to go for an early lunch break. At the end of day 1, England’s score was 35/1 in 17.4 overs.