London: Former England captain Alastair Cook said that the England and Wales Cricket Board should cancel the County Championship if the season cannot be played in full. Cook said that considering the circumstances around the coronavirus pandemic, it will be more rewarding to play a full tournament rather than a shortened County season.“In this year, over the next six months, the bigger picture is the most important,” Cook told the BBC.The ECB has postponed all cricketing action until May 28 because of the pandemic which has brought cricket around the world. It has claimed 1019 lives so far in the United Kingdom and there are 17,089 confirmed cases in the country, one of which is Prime Minister Boris Johnson himself.“Whatever happens, if we do play any sort of cricket, which hopefully we will, what I hope is that they don’t try and have a six-game County Championship or something like that,” said Cook.“I would rather have one or two full tournaments, because if you do then play that tournament or two tournaments it is so much more rewarding to win it.“If there is not time for a meaningful County Championship, say (you can only play) three or four games, there is probably not much sense us having it.” IANSAlso Read: Former England captain Alastair Cook becomes emotional in final TestAlso Watch: Quick Shoppe in Guwahati takes precautionary measures against the spread of Coronavirus
A meeting of Celtic and Dundalk in the next round of the Champions League is now a possibility.The draw for the next stage was made this morning, and if Celtic come through their two legs with Linfield they will play either Dundalk or Rosenborg.The reigning Irish champions played out a one-all draw with their Norweigan counterparts in their first leg on Wednesday. Photo © Pixabay Celtic’s rescheduled first leg with Linfield takes place at 5 this evening.The game was originally pencilled in for the 12th of Juy but was moved due to security concerns.There will also be no travelling Celtic fans allowed into the ground.Cork City and Shamrock Rovers have also learned their potential opponents for the 3rd qualifying round of the Europa League.Cork will play Rabotnicki of Macedonia or Dinamo Minsk of Belarus – that’s if they can overturn a 1-nil first leg deficit against AEK Larnaca.Rovers meanwhile will take on Kairat Almaty of Kazakhstan or Albanian side Skenderbeu.However they trail Mlada Boleslav 3-2 after last night’s 2nd qualifying round first leg.