It was a distinct form of problem to host a global match earlier than empty stands however the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) officers tried to remain motivated. However, the cancellation of the three-match ODI sequence between India and South Africa halfway as a result of novel COVID-19 pandemic has come as a dampener for the state cricket affiliation. “As organisers we wanted to host the match even without spectators but what can we do. Whatever decision has been made, we have to follow it,” UPCA secretary Yudhvir Singh instructed PTI.
The Ekana Stadium wore a abandoned look a day earlier than it was to welcome the Indian and South African cricketers for the second ODI. There was hardly any buzz on the spectacular facility, the place conferences between the UPCA officers and the state administration passed off to debate the modalities.
It has a capability to accommodate 50,000 followers however solely about 200 individuals, largely the bottom workers, broadcast individuals and media, had been to attend the match protecting consistent with the well being advisory issued by the federal government. “Even the players won’t like playing before the empty stands. For us also it is also a challenge to stay motivated. We have even requested our members to not come,” Yudhvir had mentioned earlier than the BCCI introduced cancelling the sequence.
The BCCI mentioned that it’ll reschedule the rubber later. The Board has additionally postponed the Indian Premier League (IPL) to April 15. Asked if the UPCA was prepared to host IPL matches, Yudhvir mentioned first they should obtain a proposal from the mother or father physique.
“We will discuss it among ourselves, if such an offer comes. Let’s see,” he mentioned.