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India vs South Africa Series Cancelled Without A Ball Being Bowled


South Africa will return from their tour of India without taking to the field after the rest of the One Day International (ODI) series between the two nations was cancelled in an effort to quell the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

India recorded its first death from the virus on Thursday, on the same day the country’s sports ministry issued out an advisory recommending that all public gatherings be suspended.

India vs South Africa ODI series cancelled

The three-match series also kicked off on Thursday with the first match in Dharamsala abandoned without even the possibilty of a toss.

The rest of the matches – in Lucknow and Kolkata – were set to be played behind closed doors but, on Friday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that the series will no longer take place.

This comes just after the BCCI announced the postponement of the India Premier League, which was set to begin on 29 March.

The BCCI is concerned and sensitive about all its stakeholders, and public health in general, and it is taking all necessary steps to ensure that, all people related to IPL including fans have a safe cricketing experience.

“The BCCI will work closely with the Government of India along with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and all other relevant Central and State Government departments in this regard,” the BCCI said in a statement.

Board of Control for Cricket in India

The start of the popular tournament has been pushed back to 15 April.

How the coronavirus has impacted cricket

Various series and tournaments across the globe have been impacted by the coronavirus over the past week, with a handful of international tours cancelled as a precautionary measure.

The Australian Women’s cricket team was due to travel to South Africa later in the month, but have since cancelled their tour, while England’s tour to Sri Lanka will also not go ahead.

Down Under, Australia Men are currently locked in a series against neighbours New Zealand, but the first match was played in front of an empty Sidney Cricket Ground on Friday.

Meanwhile, Aussie fast bowler Kane Richardson had to undergo tests after displaying worrying symptoms, but was cleared after sitting out the first match.

Other events affected by the pandemic include Nepal’s Everest Cricket League, which has been called off, as well as the Pakistan Super League currently being played behind closed doors.

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