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After the first ODI was washed out in Dharamshala, the remainder of the ODI series has been called-off amidst rising concerns over the Coronavirus Pandemic, BCCI confirmed in a statement.

The second and third ODI of the three-match series were scheduled to be played at Lucknow and Kolkata on March 15 and 18, respectively.

“The second and third ODI between India and South Africa in Lucknow and Kolkata respectively are called off,” a BCCI official said.

On Thursday, BCCI had decided to play the remaining games behind closed doors.

“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,” the BCCI had said in a statement.

The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry had also advised all the federation, including the BCCI, to avoid large gathering.

IPL Postponed Till April 15

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday postponed the Indian Premier League (IPL) till April 15, due to the Coronavirus Outbreak.

The decision was taken after a Governing Council Meeting, which also included all the IPL franchises.

“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 said in an official statement.

Premier League, FA Cup Postponed Till April 5

The English Football Association (FA) on Friday postponed all Premier League and FA Cup fixtures till April 4.

The decision was taken hours after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea forward Calum Hudson-Odoi were tested positive for Coronavirus.

“Following a meeting of Shareholders today, it was unanimously decided to suspend the Premier League with the intention of returning on 4 April, subject to medical advice and conditions at the time,” the FA said in a statement.

World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday had declared the coronavirus outbreak a ‘pandemic’ and expressed deep concerns.





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