Coronavirus: India's ODI series against South Africa called off

The first ODI of a 3-match series between India and South Africa was called off without a ball being bowled in Dharamsala due to relentless rain.

The BCCI added that it will continue to take guidance from the Government of India and state regulatory bodies.

Persistent rain has seen the first ODI between India and South Africa in Dharamsala washed out, without even a coin toss, in identical fashion to the first T20I between these two sides at the same venue last September.

"The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Friday announced to reschedule the ongoing ODI series in view of the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) outbreak".

"With the IPL being postponed, it only made sense that at this point of time, this series is also called off". As a result of this decision the two matches scheduled to be played in Lucknow and Kolkata now stand cancelled.

"You are advised to adhere to the advisories issued by the Ministry of Health iamp; Family Welfare and ensure that no public gathering takes place in any sporting event".

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The second ODI is scheduled for March 15 (Lucknow) and the third and final game will be played in Kolkata on March 18. The BCCI and Cricket South Africa will jointly work together on the revised schedule.

Both matches face a real threat of being played behind closed doors as the world tries to contain the rapid spread of the deadly Coronavirus.

The eight-team competition was to begin on March 29.

The Indian government on Wednesday cancelled all visas, except for a few official categories, till April 15 in the wake of the growing scare.

The players have also been told to "avoid close contact and interaction with individuals outside the team environment (to avoid cross-infection from unknown individuals)".

  • Lawrence Cooper