ODI series between India and South Africa called off

Warner's highest score in the last five ODIs is 35

Warner's highest score in the last five ODIs is 35

After holding discussions with the MYAS and MOHFW, the BCCI on Thursday announced that the remaining two One-day Internationals (ODIs) of the three-match series of South Africa tour of India, 2020, will be played without any public gathering, including spectators.

Even though the organisers, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) claimed that around 16,000 tickets were sold till Wednesday for the match at the 22,000 capacity stadium, it was altogether a different story by the end of the day.

The announcement came in response to ongoing concerns about the Covid-19 (novel Coronavirus) pandemic.

India and South Africa were scheduled to play a three-match ODI series.

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"Yes, the internal decision has been made to postpone the start of the tournament and it will begin on April 15, the BCCI has informed the franchises about the same", the official was quoted as saying by a news agency. As per the training schedule, India were to have an optional training session between 10.00 am to 1.00 pm in the morning, with South Africa's session from 2.00 pm in the afternoon.

Acting CSA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Jacques Faul and Graeme Smith, the Interim Director of Cricket expressed their gratitude to the BCCI for the decision, a release stated.

"The BCCI medical team has been monitoring the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation". We will apply our minds to the input of experts and act in a way that reflects our duty of caring for our players. "The advisory has instructed us not to allow the gathering of fans and we are following the instructions", Ekana Sportz City's managing director Udai Sinha had said on Thursday.

Both the teams had arrived in Lucknow earlier on Friday but South Africa will now fly down to Delhi and catch the earliest flight to home.

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