Surge in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra pushes IND-ENG ODI series behind closed doors

Mayank Kumar

Mayank Kumar

Author| Feb 28, 6:00 AM

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The ODI series between India and England will be played behind closed doors due to the surge in the number of cases of the novel coronavirus in Maharashtra. The latest development comes after the Gujarat Cricket Association hosted as many as 50,000 spectators in the third Test between India and England.

Maharashtra Cricket Association in its press release said that the Chief Minister has given his go-ahead to host both sides for the ODI series, but the matches can only be held in absence of spectators. Notably, both the ECB and BCCI will not be too keen on playing in front of the fans as the number o cases have started increasing in the state in the last few days.

"Keeping the seriousness of the current spike in COVID cases in Maharashtra, after inputs from the Hon'ble Chief Minister, it was decided that permission will be granted for these matches without spectators," the Maharashtra Cricket Association said in a media release.

"With this, the uncertainty about holding these one-day internationals has ended and the Association can start preparatory works like obtaining permissions, for smooth conduct of the matches.

The three-match ODI series is scheduled to be played in Pune from March 23 rd to 28th at the Maharashtra Cricket Association ground.

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