The gamers of Indian cricket workforce touched down in Lucknow, wearing protecting masks, forward of the second ODI towards South Africa, which was scheduled to be performed on the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium on Sunday. But a contemporary report from information company PTI citing BCCI official says that the collection can be scrapped because of coronavirus fears. The first ODI of the three-match collection was deserted because of rain in Dharamsala and now each Lucknow, and Kolkata ODIs scheduled to happen on Sunday (March 15) and Wednesday (March 18), ODIs have reportedly been cancelled.
While footage of the gamers wearing masks flooded web, skipper Yuzvendra Chahal himself uploaded one on his Twitter account. He was seen wearing a masks as a precautionary measure for coronavirus, which has been declared as a pandemic by World Health Organisation (WHO).
Lucknow ✈️ pic.twitter.com/9movj2jCJj
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) March 13, 2020
“With the IPL being postponed, it only made sense that at this point of time, this series is also called off. The country is facing a serious pandemic,” a high BCCI official advised PTI.The first ODI between the 2 sides in Dharamsala was washed out. Both the edges had reached Lucknow on Friday.
“The South African team will come to Delhi and leave by taking at the earliest available flight,” he added.
Earlier, an advisory from the sports activities ministry had ensured that the second and third ODIs can be performed behind closed doorways in the wake of the COVID-19.
The IPL was on Friday pushed to April 15 from its scheduled March 29 begin.India has recorded greater than 80 constructive instances to date with the worldwide contaminated depend standing at over 100,000.
The loss of life toll due to the virus has gone past 5,000 internationally.
(With PTI inputs)