The remaining series i.e, two ODIs between India and South Africa are called off thanks to the outbreak of COVID-19, the BCCI announced on Friday (March 13). After the washout in Dharamsala, the rest of the games were thanks to being played in Lucknow and Kolkata behind closed doors.
However, given the rising COVID-19 pandemic and therefore the increase within the number of positive cases, the board decided to call off the 2 games.
BCCI stated during a release,
“Cricket South Africa will visit India at a later date to play 3 One-day Internationals. The BCCI-CSA will jointly compute the revised schedule.”
Acting CSA Chief military officer, Dr. Jacques Faul and Graeme Smith, the Interim Director of Cricket expressed their gratitude to the BCCI for the choice, a release stated.
“Our view is that this decision is both necessary and a precaution that had to be taken within the interest of cricket and therefore the sustainability of the sport.”
“We are monitoring things with the virus and are in constant consultation with medical and virology experts. we’ll apply our minds to the input of experts and act during a way that reflects our duty of caring for our players”, Faul said.
“We are currently doing a full risk assessment on the influence of the virus on our operations, including the present domestic season,” he added.
The decision follows a variety of tournaments around the world that are deferred. Earlier within the day, the IPL too was suspended until April 15.
“The BCCI cares and sensitive about all its stakeholders, and public health generally, and it’s taking all necessary steps to make sure that, all people associated with IPL ( IPL 2020 postponed) including fans have a secure cricketing experience,” a BCCI media release had stated.
“The BCCI will work closely with the govt of India alongside the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and everyone other relevant Central and government departments during this regard.”