Updated: March 13, 2020 6:47:28 pm
The three-match ODI series between India and South Africa has been called off within the face of the rising risk of the coronavirus pandemic.
A BCCI press launch mentioned, “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Friday announced to reschedule the ongoing ODI series in view of the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) outbreak. Cricket South Africa will visit India at a later date to play 3 One-day Internationals. The BCCI-CSA will jointly work out the revised schedule.”
— ICC (@ICC) 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. The South African team will come to Delhi and leave by taking at the earliest available flight,” a prime BCCI official advised PTI.
It had earlier been introduced that the 2nd and 3rd ODIs would be played behind closed doors. The Uttar Pradesh authorities had suggested the BCCI to not maintain the 2nd ODI in Lucknow after a affected person within the state capital examined optimistic for coronavirus on Thursday.
The change in determination follows the postponement of the Indian Premier League, which announcement was made on Friday morning. The IPL was on account of begin on March 29 however has been postponed till April 15.
The Indian group reached Lucknow on Friday.
Indian Cricket Team reaches Lucknow for ODI towards South Africa on 15th March. The match shall be performed with none spectators military Ekana stadium. #coronavirusinindia #INDvSA #INDvsSA @BCCI pic.twitter.com/VVsePHeEzL
— Qazi Faraz Ahmad (@qazifarazahmad) March 13, 2020
The first match of the series, in Dharamsala, was washed out without a ball being bowled. The second and third ODIs have been scheduled to be held in Lucknow (March 15) and Kolkata (March 18).
India has recorded greater than 80 optimistic instances to date with the worldwide contaminated depend standing at over 100,000. The dying toll due to the virus has gone past 5,000 internationally.
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