Virat Kohli and Co touchdown in Lucknow wearing masksMarch 13, 2020
The players of Indian cricket team touched down in Lucknow, wearing protective masks, ahead of the second ODI against South Africa, which was scheduled to be played at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium on Sunday. But a latest report from news agency PTI citing BCCI official says that the series will be scrapped due to coronavirus fears. The first ODI of the three-match series was abandoned due to rain in Dharamsala and now both Lucknow, and Kolkata ODIs scheduled to take place on Sunday (March 15) and Wednesday (March 18), ODIs have reportedly been cancelled.
While pictures of the players wearing masks flooded internet, skipper Yuzvendra Chahal himself uploaded one on his Twitter account. He was seen wearing a mask as a precautionary measure for coronavirus, which has been declared as a pandemic by World Health Organisation (WHO).
“With the IPL being postponed, it only made sense that at this point of time, this series is also called off. The country is facing a serious pandemic,” a top BCCI official told PTI.The first ODI between the two sides in Dharamsala was washed out. Both the sides had reached Lucknow on Friday.
“The South African team will come to Delhi and leave by taking at the earliest available flight,” he added.