Remaining two ODIs of India-South Africa series to be played without spectators
The last two ODIs of the three-match series between India and South Africa will be played behind closed doors in the wake of rising fears over the spread of the coronavirus.
The Government of India, in consultation with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS) and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), has advised the BCCI to take this extreme precautionary measure.
The two games "will be played without any public gathering, including spectators", according to the BCCI press release.
The BCCI has reiterated its focus on working in tandem with the government advisories to ensure the effects of the COVID-19 are mitigated.
The opening encounter in Dharamsala was washed out as a sizeable crowd turned up to catch a glimpse of any cricket action despite the pandemic scare.
The remaining two matches will be hosted in Lucknow and Kolkata on March 16 and 18 respectively.
The viral illness has prompted the postponement of several sporting events around the world. The World XI-Asia XI marquee clashes scheduled to be held in Dhaka were deferred to an indefinite date while Nepal's Everest Premier League has also experienced a delay.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) too is likely to take place without live audiences in the stadium like the India-South Africa series.
BCCI's efforts are aimed to ensure the safety of the athletes and "valued fans".