London: The 29-year-old player said that England test captain Joe Rutter was keen to play international cricket this summer, but did not reduce the quality or intensity of the game.
Due to the popularity of COVID-19 and the suspension of professional cricket, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is considering a closed-door match against the West Indies and Pakistan.
“If the game is compromised, it shouldn’t be going ahead,” Root told Sky Sports.
“The game itself, the intensity it is played at – if you can’t play test cricket at its absolute best we shouldn’t play it. It’s not a fair reflection of the sport.”
The home series of England against West Indies originally scheduled for June has been postponed, and the “100-man contest” originally scheduled for July has been moved to next year.
Like any professional cricketer, Root is also eager for international cricket, but emphasizes the importance of public health.
“The guys are all missing playing and desperate to get back out there but safety is paramount for everyone involved. As soon as that is compromised, this can’t happen,” he said.
According to a report in the Guardian, the European Central Bank’s plan to play in “biosafety” venues may keep players away from their families for up to nine weeks.
Bowling player Mark Wood said most players were satisfied with the idea after chatting with cricket director Ashley Giles and chief medical officer Nick Pierce.
“We trust what Ashley and the doctor are saying and if an environment is set up where it works then I think most players would trust that,” Wood said in a video conference.
“We are all willing as long as the environment and everybody – people working at the ground, management, cameramen – is safe.
“Everyone is desperate to get going and it would be good to get out there but the bigger picture is what is going on on the front line,” added the 30-year-old.