South Africa Cricket Team on Tuesday afternoon left India for home via Dubai after the three-match ODI series got postponed because of the outbreak of coronavirus.
Last week, the Proteas team landed in India to play the ODI series but could not get a match as BCCI and Cricket South Africa decided to call off the series for the safety of the players.
However, they were ready to play the first ODI match but it was declared abandoned because of rain in Dharamshala. Before moving to play the second match in Lucknow, the decision was taken by the board.
The Quinton de Kock led team was staying the safest city ‘Kolkata” where there is still not a case reported. Cricket Association Bengal (CAB) president Avishek Dalmiya, secretary Snehasish Ganguly and joint-secretary Debabrata Das had received the players on Monday afternoon.
South African team leave India:
After staying one day in Kolkata and taking all the precautionary steps, the South African team flew to Dubai the next day.
“They have left for Dubai safely this morning. From there, they will leave for their respective destinations. They were very pleased with CAB’s arrangements and precautionary measures,” Avishek told IANS.
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The rooms of all the players and support staff were sanitised with the CAB’s liaison manager and medical team present in two rooms. All were equipped with special masks and sanitiser.
Meanwhile, from Tuesday, CAB will close their offices for the next four days. Earlier, BCCI and Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) had decided to shut their offices for the safety of the employees.
Amid COVID-19, there is no cricket schedule for a month and if the IPL dates get extended then for almost two months the fans will have to live without the cricket.