No Spectators For India VS South Africa ODIs Says BCCI
On Thursday, the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) made an announcement regarding the second and third ODIs between India and South Africa. The BCCI said that both the matches would be played behind closed doors.
The BCCI’s decision on cricket in India
The first ODI between India and South Africa was abandoned on Thursday. It was to be played in Dharamshala. The second ODI will be in Lucknow and final match will be played on March 18 at Eden Gardens in Calcutta.
The BCCI said that it was working closely with the sports and health ministry and that it was making every effort to ensure safety of the players and fans. It said that the decision was taken after discussing things with the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYAS) and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW). It further said that the board would make every effort for compliance with the regulatory bodies.
The sports ministry issued advisory for organizations
After WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, the sports ministry quickly issued an advisory to all national sports federations including the BCCI. It asked the federations to avoid making public gatherings at sporting events. It further said that in case of unavoidable public gatherings, the sports should be performed without any gathering.
The BCCI responded to the advisory by saying that it would continue to take guidance from the government and state regulatory bodies. It said that it was committed to the safety of players and fans.