Supporters behind the Indian Premier League were disappointed to learn that the remaining ODIs with South Africa have been terminated. Individuals that purchased tickets for these Kolkata and Lucknow venues will be provided refunds immediately. This cancellation of these events follows after the increased spread of COVID-19, with the Indian Premier League also being postponed until April 15th.
The announcement that these ODI matches would be terminated came after a cancelled game in Dharamshala, which was prompted by severe weather. Supporters of this ODI Series were provided insurances that the Cricket Control Board of India will converse with the CSA to guarantee this 3-Match ODI Series is rescheduled. An official statement was provided through a public press conference, with the CCBI noting that the safety of supporters and the overall cricket community has become their top priority. This announcement also indicated that South African Punters would play this revised series in India, making them the opposing team on an away series.
It should be mentioned that this decision was made more in benefit of South African citizens and players. Throughout India, there has been an excessive level of confirmed cases, which stand at eight-one. Similar protocols were enforced with the England Versus Sri Lanka Test Series, with all punters being informed to return home for self-isolation. Its unknown is these three matches will be rescheduled.
Dedicated supporters aren’t shocked to learn about the cancellation, with multiple protocols already having been enforced throughout this ODI Series. Players have informed not the shake hands and not to share equipment, which extended to warnings to the pitchers not to use saliva for additional grip. After considerable delegations with medical experts, it was determined that these actions aren’t enough to guarantee public safety with the coronavirus.
Personal Hygiene Protocols have been implemented through the Cricket South Africa Association. The Cricket Control Board of India is enforcing similar strategies. It’s being recommended that individuals wash their hands with soap for twenty-seconds. This extends to additional warnings to use hand sanitizer, cover mouths when coughing and reporting any potential fevers or coughs. Medical experts have also suggested that global citizens don’t touch their face and avoid eating public food going forward.