India-South Africa ODI series called off amid Coronavirus threat

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The remaining two matches of India-South Africa ODI series have been called off due to COVID-19 concerns.

The matches were supposed to be played in Lucknow (March 15) and Kolkata (March 18) without spectators.

This is only the second time in three decades that an international cricket series in India has been called off midway, the last being in 2014 by the West Indies team over a pay dispute with its Board.

The game in Lucknow was scheduled to be held on Sunday, while the Kolkata ODI was meant to be on March 18.

“The South African team was unwilling to take any further part in the series due to rising number of positive cases in India. The players seemed to be in panic mode and wanted to go back home at the earliest,” Reports quoted BCCI officials.

The matches were earlier planned to be held behind closed doors due to the government directive, which asked for sporting events to be shut for fans in view of the pandemic.

The IPL was on Friday pushed to April 15 from its scheduled March 29 start.