India vs South Africa ODIs to be held in empty stadiums
By: Sports Desk |

Updated: March 12, 2020 10:38:43 pm

The March 15 (Lucknow) and March 18 (Kolkata) ODIs between India and South Africa will be held behind closed doorways. (Twitter/BCCI)

The India vs South Africa ODI collection has been hit by the threat of the coronavirus pandemic. The BCCI confirmed in a press launch on Thursday that the 2 remaining matches in the collection – the March 15 match in Lucknow and the March 18 match in Kolkata – will be held behind closed doors.

“After holding discussions with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) and Ministry Of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), the BCCI on Thursday announced that the remaining two One-day Internationals of the three-match series of South Africa tour of India, 2020, will be played without any public gathering, including spectators,” a BCCI media launch said.

“The BCCI has been working carefully with the Government of India together with Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in the wake of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak,” it added.

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“The BCCI is making every effort for compliance with the regulatory bodies of the Government of India and ensure the safety of our athletes and valued fans.”

The sports activities ministry had issued an advisory that in case it’s unavoidable to postpone a sporting occasion, then it’s preferable that it be carried out with out a big public gathering.

The Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) had confirmed in the night itself that Lucknow ODI will be held behind closed doorways whereas the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has additionally put ticket gross sales on maintain with rapid impact, an indicator of issues to come.

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UPCA secretary Yudhveer Singh confirmed the event to the reporters in Lucknow on Thursday.

“After receiving the government advisory, we had a discussion with BCCI officials and then decided that spectators will be barred from entering the stadium during second ODI between India and South Africa on March 15,” Yudhveer mentioned.

The CAB has determined to put ticket gross sales on maintain, knowledgeable president Avishek Dalmiya, who additionally met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the state secretariat in Kolkata to talk about the prevailing scenario.

“I met our honourable CM at the secretariat. We would like to adhere to the government directive that has been issued today and we are stopping all ticket sales with immediate effect. We will wait till further directive,” Dalmiya advised PTI from Kolkata.

(With PTI inputs)

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