Coronavirus Outbreak Effect: India vs South Africa Remaining Matches Were To Be Played Behind Closed Doors Without Spectators. The Series Now Being Called Off.
Coronavirus Pandemic has caused several deaths across the globe and effected multiple events. The current India vs South Africa series has also come under the scanner of Coronavirus threat. The first game of the 3 match series washed out due to rain. Considering the Health Advisory in my mind the remaining two games would be played behind closed doors. The organizers have confirmed that spectators will not be allowed during these matches.
Just In: Breaking News: The three-match series between India & South Africa has been called off now
— ICC (@ICC) March 13, 2020
NEWS: The remaining two ODIs of the ongoing series between India and South Africa to be played behind closed doors #INDvsSA
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 12, 2020
“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,” Quoted UPCA secretary Yudhveer Singh.
The decision to held rest of the matches without spectators came under the advisory of sports ministry which has quoted that in case it’s unavoidable to postpone a sporting event, then it is preferable that it be conducted without a large public gathering. The BCCI has already confirmed that they are going to follow the advisory of sports ministry. The first match of the tour which was scheduled on 12th March in Dharmashala was washed out due to rain. Now the two will take place in Lucknow & Kolkata on 15th & 18th of March 2020 respectively. India vs South Africa series is important for returning stars Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuveneshawar Kumar & Hardik Pandya. Hardik Pandya long-awaited comeback is happening with this series. This series is also very crucial for Shikhar Dhawan who is making a comeback after injury.
The global Coronavirus death toll has gone up to 5083 with 138,583 confirmed cases. In India, the total number of cases confirmed as of now 81 with one death reported. Authorities have made it very clear that they will not allow large public gathering.