India Vs South Africa 2nd ODI: India started its last bilateral series on March 12, 2020, against South Africa, but as the game progresses the heavy rain abandoned the match. Now, the remaining two ODI matches between India and South Africa are all set to be played on March 15 and March 18, respectively.
In the wake of growing numbers of coronavirus cases in India and WHO pronouncing coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, the BCCI has now decided to organize these remaining two matches with empty stadiums.
The second ODI match between India and South Africa is scheduled to be held at Lucknow and the third one to be held at Kolkata.
The confirmation of this report was also done by Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) who also stated that the 2nd ODI match is going to be held behind closed doors. The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on the other hand, has also put ticket sales on hold with fast effect.
In the meantime, an advisory from the sports ministry has also been issued recently, in which he stated that in case any sporting event is unavoidable to delay, then it is better that it should be conducted without having any large public gathering or audiences and should be played behind closed doors.
However, it is quite strange that the BCCI hadn’t canceled the Dharmshala match that was scheduled to hold on Thursday, in spite of the Union government’s move for canceling all public events as well as even tourists visa earlier this week.
What Did The Officials say?
A BCCI source told PTI that the BCCI is in receipt of the advisory of sports ministry. “Obviously, if we are advised to sidestep large gatherings, then we will have to stand by it,”
UPCA secretary Yudhveer Singh, on the other hand, has also confirmed the reports on Thursday. He stated, “After receiving the government advisory, we had a discussion with BCCI officials” and after that, they decided that audiences will be “barred from entering the stadium during 2nd ODI to be held between India and South Africa on March 15,”
The sales of tickets have been also put on hold by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), and informed president Avishek Dalmiya, who had also earlier met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for discussing the prevailing situation, at the state secretariat in Kolkata.
Dalmiya told PTI from Kolkata, “I met our honorable CM at the secretariat.” He said that they would like to follow the “government orders that have been issued along with that we are discontinuing all ticket sales with immediate effect.” He then added, “We will wait till further directive,”
“I wouldn’t like to make any early comment.” They will stop ticket sales as of now, and it will go on “till further directive. That’s how it stands as of now,” Dalmiya further said.
India vs South Africa ODI Series: Match Details Of 2nd ODI
The 2nd ODI match in India vs South Africa ODI Series is all set to begin on March 15, 2020, between India vs South Africa. The timings for the match is planned to start from 2:00 PM. Now coming to the venue, the match is scheduled to take place at Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow.