It's almost here. Cricket. Not that YouTube nostalgia stuff. Actual live cricket.
Despite being among the nations hardest hit by the pandemic, England is preparing to host the first cricket international in months. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, has one of the best Covid-19 records so far, with only 11 confirmed deaths from the disease, and no one wants to come and play. SLC has been desperately trying to coax teams over, asking Bangladesh and India to keep their mid-year commitments, securing hosting rights for the Asia Cup this year, and also suggesting the IPL should be played on the island. So far, none of these tours has materialised. As if to underline just how keen it is to have cricket on, SLC has even threatened to start a T20 franchise tournament - the type they have announced on at least four different occasions and failed to get off the ground. Help them out, somebody. SLC administrators aren't used to going this long without having their jowls being beamed into living rooms around the world, as they sit around smiling in the president's box. They're not used to having to work this hard. Send a team before these people hurt themselves.
Like rats during the bubonic plague, or badly neglected public toilets, a cricket ball could be a vector of disease. Which is why the ICC's cricket committee warned against the use of saliva. Don't lick your finger and then use it on the ball. Don't kiss the ball (looking at you, Lasith Malinga). Definitely don't bite it (#getwellsoonShahidAfridi). Just use sweat, which somehow, apparently, is less gross.
Some coaches have the trust and support of their boards. Others have to constantly watch their backs. Over the last few weeks, West Indies coach Phil Simmons faced more calls for his swift sacking, apparently because he broke the team's biosecure bubble. His crime? Coughing over the team cutlery? Opening up a kissing booth in an elderly care home? Nope. Just attending the funeral of his father-in-law. Which it seems he had been allowed to do anyway. And after which he put himself in quarantine, isolated from the team.
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf