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South African Players Stayed In Same Hotel Where Kanika Kapoor Stayed

According to recent TNN reports, the Indian singer Kanika Kapoor, who recently tested positive for COVID-19 or coronavirus, was present in the same hotel where the South African cricket team stayed.

Recently, the famous Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor has confirmed that she tested positive for COVID-19. It is worrying for the country as it has been reported that Kanika hid her travel details after recently returned to India from London.

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Kanika stayed in Lucknow for some days after returning from London. After she revealed her coronavirus case, the local administration and the Uttar Pradesh health department are trying to track down all the possible persons who came in contact with Kanika in this period.

According to the TNN report, Kanika stayed in a five-star hotel in Lucknow between 14th March and 16th March 2020. Incidentally, the entire South African team also stayed in that same hotel during that period.

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An officer claimed according to TNN, “There are reports that she dined in the hotel’s buffet and also attended several guests in the lobby. She was living there at a time when the South African team was staying in the hotel for the ODI match (against India), which eventually was called off. There is information that Kanika was seen briefly attending a news channel’s annual conclave held at the hotel. Therefore, it is important to scan the CCTV footage and list those who came in contact with her.”

Lucknow’s chief medical officer Dr Narendra Agarwal has recently lodged an FIR against Kanika Kapoor for her negligence in this important matter.

He said, “She flouted instructions on home isolation despite being a potential case of Covid-19… Instead of staying at home, she went socialising. Now after having tested positive, she has now put everyone who came in contact with her at risk.”

South African team was busy to play the ODI series against the hosts India

South African players were in India for the three-match ODI series which was initially scheduled to be played between 12th March and 18th March 2020. After the Dharamsala ODI washout, the Proteas players landed in Lucknow and stayed in that hotel.

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Ekana International Cricket Stadium (Lucknow) had the plan to host the second game of the ODI series on 15th March 2020. However, due to the coronavirus outbreak, the last two matches of the series were cancelled.

The South African players returned to the home after landing in Kolkata.

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Coronavirus Effects In Top Cricket Events

COVID-19 or coronavirus has massively affected daily life globally. While sports have now become the regular part of the sports fans’ life, the fans are also sad in the present moment as most of the global sports have been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Similarly, cricket has also affected in the present situation. Many crucial cricket events have directly affected due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Men’s internationals

2020 Interport T20I Series (Malaysia tour of Hong Kong) – Postponed the original schedule, but completed later in Malaysia

According to the initial schedule, the hosts Hong Kong and the visitors Malaysia had to play the five-match T20I series in Mong Kok between 18th and 22nd February 2020. But due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, it was cancelled. Later, the series was rescheduled from 20th to 26th February 2020, but this time Hong Kong toured in Malaysia. All the matches were played in Kuala Lumpur where the hosts Malaysia won the series by the 5-0 margin.

2020 ACC Eastern Region T20 (in Thailand) – China, Bhutan and Myanmar withdrew

The 2020 ACC Eastern Region T20 was scheduled from 29th February to 6th March 2020. The tournament was organised as a first qualifying stage for the 2020 Asia Cup. Though the tournament was hosted successfully by Thailand as Singapore finished as the champions, China, Bhutan and Myanmar withdrew their participation from the tournament due to the coronavirus outbreak. Apart from the hosts Thailand and the winners Singapore, the other participating teams were Hong Kong, Malaysia and Nepal.

South Africa tour of India in 2019/20: ODI series – Postponed after the first game

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It was the three-match ODI schedule between the hosts India and the visitors South Africa from 12th March to 18th March 2020. The opening match of this series was abandoned due to the rain washout in Dharamsala. Initially, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to continue this series behind the closed doors according to the advice of Sports Ministry. However, later, the board decided to postpone the last two ODIs of this series.

2019/20 Chappell–Hadlee Trophy (New Zealand tour of Australia for ODI series) – Postponed after the first game

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The three-match ODI series between Australia and New Zealand was scheduled to be played between 13th and 20th March 2020. Though the first match was played successfully behind the closed door (Australia won by 71 runs), the next two games have been postponed.

England tour of Sri Lanka in 2019/20: Test Series – Postponed

The hosts Sri Lanka had the schedule of the two-match Test series against England that would run between 19th March and 31st March 2020. But during the last tour match for England, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) decided to postpone the series.

Mujib 100 T20 Cup Bangladesh 2020 – Postponed

In the celebration of birth centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founder of Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) planned to organise two special T20Is between Asia XI and World XI on 21st and 22nd March 2020. But due to coronavirus outbreak, this series has been postponed.

Australia tour of New Zealand in 2019/20: T20I series – Postponed

According to the initial plan, Australia will play the three-match T20I series against the hosts New Zealand from 24th to 29th March 2020. However, the coronavirus outbreak has cancelled this series too.

2020 United States Tri-Nation Series: ODI series – Postponed

The hosts USA had the plan to play the triangular ODI series with the UAE and Scotland from 1st to 8th April 2020. This 2020 United States Tri-Nation Series is the part of the 2019–22 ICC Cricket World Cup League 2, which is the initial round of the qualification pathway to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, travel restrictions have been come out, and it has forced to postpone this series.

2020 ACA Africa T20 Cup Finals (in Kenya) – Postponed

A total of eight teams had to participate in the 2020 ACA Africa T20 Cup Finals in Kenya which was initially scheduled from 22nd March to 27th March 2020. The participating teams were Kenya, Botswana, Cameroon, Mozambique, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda. However, coronavirus has overpowered in this battle too.

The Netherlands tour of Namibia in 2019/20: ODI and T20I series – Postponed

In this tour, the Netherlands had the plan the play four-match T20I series and two-match ODI series against the hosts Namibia from 25th March to 1st April 2020. But it has also been postponed in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.

Bangladesh tour of Pakistan in 2019/20: One-off ODI and Second Test – Postponed

National Stadium (Karachi) had the plan to host the only ODI between the hosts Pakistan and the visitors Bangladesh on 1st April 2020. Later, the second and final Test of the two-match Test series (the first Test was already played) was planned to be played from 5th April at the same venue. However, both of the matches have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ireland tour of Zimbabwe in 2019/20: ODI and T20I series – Postponed

According to the initial plan, the hosts Zimbabwe would play three-match ODI and three-match T20I series against Ireland from 2nd April to 12th April 2020. But the coronavirus outbreak has forced to postpone this international series.

 

Women’s internationals

Australia women’s tour of South Africa in 2019/20: WODI and WT20I series – Postponed

In this tour, Australia Women had the schedule to play the three-match WODI series and three-match WT20I series against the hosts South Africa Women from 22nd March to 4th April 2020. The WODI series was the part of the 2017–20 ICC Women’s Championship, which is the part of the direct qualification process to the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021. The entire tour has been postponed after the coronavirus outbreak.

2020 Thailand Women’s Quadrangular Series: WODI series – Postponed

Apart from the hosts Thailand Women, the other three teams of this quadrangular WODI tournament were the Netherlands Women, Ireland Women and Zimbabwe Women. It was initially scheduled to be played between 3rd and 11th April 2020. However, this tournament was entirely called off due to the coronavirus outbreak.

 

Other major tournaments

PSL 2020 (in Pakistan) – Postponed the knock-out stages

It is the first time when Pakistan is hosting the entire Pakistan Super League (PSL 2020). The tournament started on 20th February, and it was originally scheduled to be ended on 22nd March 2020. But due to the coronavirus outbreak, the tournament has been rescheduled as the number of matches has been reduced from 34 to 33 (semi-finals replaced the first three playoffs) and the final of this tournament will be played now on 18th March 2020. While some foreign players and one coach have returned to the home in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the entire later stage of the tournament is running behind the closed doors. But ultimately the entire knockout stages has been postponed.

Road Safety World Series 2020 (in Maharashtra, India) – Postponed in the middle of the tournament

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It was the inaugural edition of the Road Safety World Series which was initially planned to be held between 7th and 22nd March 2020 in Maharashtra. This tournament has been organised to create awareness about road safety. Five ICC Full Members were featuring in this tournament (India Legends, South Africa Legends, Sri Lanka Legends, Australia Legends and West Indies Legends) and their legendary international cricketers were serving for their respective sides.

After the first four matches, it was initially decided to be organised other remaining matches in the empty stadium. But ultimately the remaining matches have been postponed.

Everest Premier League 2020 (in Nepal) – Postponed

After the two reschedulings, the last planning was to organise the fourth edition of Everest Premier League (EPL) from 14th March to 28th March 2020. But due to the coronavirus outbreak, the tournament has been postponed again.

IPL 2020 (in India) – Postponed

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The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was originally scheduled from 29th March to 24th May 2020. Initially, it was thought that the tournament would be run behind the closed door in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. But due to unavailability of the foreign cricketers till 15th April due to the visa cancellation, the BCCI decided to postpone this tournament mid-April.

Over-50s Cricket World Cup 2020 (in South Africa) – Postponed

A total of 12 teams were participating in the Over-50s Cricket World Cup 2020 in South Africa while the tournament started on 11th March 2020 and the final match was scheduled on 24th March 2020. But on 15th March 2020, the tournament was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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South African Players Will Start Their Returning Journey From Kolkata

While the ODI series between the hosts India and the visitors South Africa has already been cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the visiting players are still in India. The Proteas players will land in Kolkata on Monday (16th March) according to the initial plan, and on Tuesday (17th March) morning, they will take the flight from Kolkata to South Africa via Dubai.

According to the initial planning, they had to play the ODI matches on 12th, 15th and 18th March at Dharamsala, Lucknow and Kolkata respectively. But after the Dharamsala ODI abandoned (due to the rain washout), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to postpone the remainder of this series.

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South African will travel from Kolkata instead of Delhi or Mumbai

After leaving Lucknow, Proteas players will land Kolkata on Monday. Later, on the next day morning, they will travel for their home. Initially, they had the plan to start their returning journey from either Delhi or Mumbai. But ultimately they have chosen Kolkata as it is one of the safest places in India at present.

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While the Proteas team had the plan to play the last ODI at Eden Gardens (Kolkata), their hotel was planned in Alipore, which was near the match venue. But the plan has been changed as they will now likely to stay in Rajarhat hotel due to closer to the airport.

Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Abhishek Dalmiya said according to TNN, “Authorities wanted them to stay closer to the airport, hence Westin was the best option. CAB will arrange doctors to provide support. Our office bearers will be there too. We are in touch with BCCI as well as Bengal government officials. The Bidhannagar Police Commissioner is also looking into the matter.”

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He further added, “They (SA team) will land here tomorrow (Monday) afternoon and leave day after morning. We have briefed the chief minister about the developments.”

Bidhannagar Commissioner of Police, LN Meena, has only claimed that the final decision hasn’t been taken about the hotel changes yet.

A senior Bengal government official hasn’t also clarified on this matter.

The official said according to TNN, “However, with the match being called off, it was felt the South African team should stay in a hotel closer to the airport. Accordingly, the BCCI was informed today when we learnt that the SA team is sticking to their Kolkata travel schedule. Wherever the team stays, all necessary health precautions will be taken as the Central and state health mandates.”

The BCCI has wished to play this home ODI series against South Africa later.

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BCCI President Sourav Ganguly Reveals Their Priority After Recent Postponements

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly has clarified that the safety will be the priority before organising the games.

COVID-19 or coronavirus has affected globally. Like the other regular lives, sports have also failed to handle this barrier. In this challenging situation, the cricket world has taken their step backwards as most of the events have been postponed at the current moment.

While globally the coronavirus has affected massively, it is growing up in India too. After the World Health Organisation (WHO) has opened up its concern on it by characterising it as a pandemic, the affected countries have taken the situation more seriously.

The Indian government has recently cancelled many visas till 15th April while the Sports Ministry has also advised organising the unavoidable events in empty stadiums.

IPL 2020 has been scheduled initially from 29th March to 24th May 2020. But observing the latest situation, the BCCI has decided to postpone the IPL 2020 till the mid-April.

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Meanwhile, the BCCI has also postponed the home ODI series against South Africa. Out of this three-match ODI series, while the opening game was abandoned due to the rain washout at Dharamsala on last Thursday (12th March), the last two ODIs of this series have been postponed.

Let’s stick to the postponement at the moment: Sourav Ganguly

BCCI has taken both these crucial decisions on Friday (13th March). Sourav Ganguly has clarified its present focus.

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He claimed, “Let’s stick to the postponement (at the moment). First priority is safety, so we postponed the games.”

Talking about the IPL 2020, the franchises have reportedly agreed to go behind the close door but with the availabilities of the foreign cricketers.

While the BCCI has postponed the IPL 2020 till mid-April, it is expected that they have especially focused on the availabilities of the foreign cricketers.

IPL 2020 was initially scheduled with lesser double-headers. When Ganguly was asked whether the postponement would put a crucial effect on the planning for the double-headers in IPL 2020, he claimed that it was too early to comment.

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Ganguly added, “We will see what happens. It is too early to answer.”

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India Vs South Africa 2020: ODI Series Called Off Due To Coronavirus

Another international cricket event has been called off in the wake of COVID-19 or coronavirus outbreak, and it is none other than the ODI series between the hosts India and the visitors South Africa.

South African players are currently in India for the three-match ODI series against the host side. Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium (Dharamsala) was hosting the opening game of the series on Thursday (12th March). But the rain and wet outfield forced to abandon that game.

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India vs South Africa ODI series: Last two matches were scheduled to be played at Lucknow and Kolkata

According to the schedule, they would play the next game at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium (Lucknow) on this Sunday (15th March). Their third and final match of this series was scheduled on 18th March at Eden Gardens (Kolkata).

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After the first ODI was washed out in the rain, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to organise the last two games of the ODI series behind the close door. That decision was taken after the Sports Ministry advised to organise the unavoidable events without public gathering.

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But now the BCCI has decided to call off the remainder of this series. So, the South African cricketers will soon return to their home.

BCCI will reschedule India vs South Africa ODI series

However, the ODI series will be rescheduled later as South Africa will travel in India to complete this ODI series.

Coronavirus has hugely affected the world. Like the other sports, cricket has also failed to beat this barrier. More than 1,30,000 people worldwide have been affected in this virus, while the death due to coronavirus has been reported more than 5,000. Meanwhile, India has reported 80+ coronavirus cases, including one death.

World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised their concern on this matter as they announced it a pandemic. Soon after that, the Indian government suspended most of the visas till 15th April 2020. Meanwhile, the Sports Ministry has advised organising the unavoidable events in an empty stadium.

The running Road Safety World Series 2020 has already been postponed while the beginning of the IPL 2020 has been shifted till mid-April.

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Coronavirus Threat To Keep Public Away From India-South Africa ODIs, Confirms BCCI

The India-South Africa series is all set to be staged as per the schedule, albeit the rest of the two ODIs will be played in front of empty stands. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed that it will host the next two ODIs in Lucknow and Kolkata but there will be no public in the stands.

Also Read: David Warner Likely To Miss IPL As His Visa Application Gets Rejected

Despite the coronavirus threat, the board allowed fans to witness the opening ODI in Dharamsala on Thursday. Many ongoing football leagues are being played with no crowd and the BCCI has now decided to follow the suit.

Although there is no word on IPL yet. The board is set to table a meeting on Saturday to take a final decision on it. Since the Indian Government has suspended foreign visas until April 15, many overseas players are confirmed to miss first two weeks of the league.

There are high chances of the league being pushed to mid-April so all the players get their visas. In this case, the board will have to organise many double-headers to complete the league by the end of May. BCCI had earlier scrapped Saturday double-headers for the upcoming season.

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The South African players are already in India for the ongoing series and they might also return back if the league is delayed.

Also Read: Breaking: Australia, Royal Challengers Bangalore Pacer Tested For Coronavirus; Withdrawn From Squad

Meanwhile, the second ODI of the series takes place on Sunday (March 15). The third and the final ODI is scheduled to take place on March 18. There was no action in the opening ODI in Dharamsala due to rain in Northern India. In September 2019 as well, the opening game (T20I) between the two nations was washed out due to due to rain.

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India Vs South Africa 2020: 1st ODI, Dharamsala – Twitter Reactions

The India vs South Africa ODI series had to start on Thursday (12th March) at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium (Dharamsala), but the rain washed out the game. The cricket fans have slammed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for choosing Dharamshala for an international match.

India and South Africa are now busy in the three-match ODI series which is also their last international cricket assignment in the ongoing 2019/20 season. However, the fans have been massively disappointed after the rain canceled the opening game of the series in Dharamsala. Even, there was no possibility to conduct the toss.

From the last September, the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium (Dharamsala) got the responsibility of hosting two international matches. Incidentally, during the T20I series between India and South Africa, Dharamsala hosted the opening game of the series on 15th September 2019. However, it was also abandoned without a toss due to the rain.

Now, the same venue disappointed once again the entire cricket fans. Some have criticized the BCCI for deciding to host international cricket matches at this venue as they believe that it is not the right venue for international cricket.

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In international cricket history, before last September, the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium (Dharamsala) hosted 13 international matches (only Test, four ODIs and eight T20Is). Though two T20Is had no results out of those matches, there was no record of match abandoned. But this inconvenience has happened only in the last two international matches.

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India vs South Africa 2020: ODI series – Next Matches

On this Sunday (15th March), India and South Africa will play the next game of this series at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium (Lucknow). They will play the last game of this series on 18th March at Eden Gardens (Kolkata). The fans are now hoping for no more rain-interruption in the next two ODIs.

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Here are some twitter reactions

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IPL 2020, India Vs South Africa ODI Series Likely To Run Behind Closed Doors

The IPL 2020 can be run behind the closed doors in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. As the situation is becoming more serious in the present condition, the Sports Ministry has recently advised all the national federations, including the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), to organise the unavoidable events without public gathering.

The massive coronavirus outbreak has hugely affected the global market, including global sports. Cricket has now started to face a massive barrier due to this issue. After hugely affecting the 2020 Asia Cup Qualifier, it has forced to postpone the special two-match T20I series between Asia XI and World XI in Bangladesh (Mujib 100 T20 Cup Bangladesh 2020). Now, the future of IPL 2020 is under the dark cloud.

While more than 1,20,000 people have been affected by the Coronavirus, including the death reports of more than 4,000, more than 70 coronavirus cases have been reported in India.

In this critical moment, the Indian government has decided to cancel most of the visas till 15th April 2020. So, there is already a big question mark on the availability of the foreign players in the IPL 2020.

Now, observing the present situation, the Sports Ministry has advised avoiding public gathering in any kind of events.

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Union Sports Secretary Radhey Shyam Julaniya has clarified, “All national federations, including the BCCI, have been told to adhere to the guidelines and advisory issued by the ministry of health and public welfare. We have also told them to avoid any public gathering and if a sporting event has to be organised, it should be done without gathering of people.

“It is the state government who has to manage the crowd and who have the power under the epidemic diseases act (Epidemic Act of 1897). If it is unavoidable and it has to be organised, then they should do it without collecting the crowd.”

Later, the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju has clarified that there are no restrictions on playing, but the guidelines must be followed in the present condition.

Not only the IPL 2020, the ongoing ODI series between the hosts India and the visitors South Africa will also follow the latest advice. So, current India vs South Africa three-match ODI series has a big chance to be played behind the closed doors.

IPL 2020: The IPL Governing Council is meeting in Mumbai on Saturday

The BCCI is trying to do their best in the present situation. Observing the current condition, the IPL governing council members will meet in Mumbai on this Saturday (14th March) to decide on IPL 2020.

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A BCCI official claimed according to IANS, “The BCCI will take the best possible course of action in the interest of the game, the players, the fans and the league. The circumstances are changing and the board doesn’t really have control over the situation. The IPL Governing Council is meeting in Mumbai on Saturday and have to take a call keeping in mind the diktat handed by the central government.”

According to the IPL 2020 schedule, the tournament will run between 29th March and 24th May 2020.

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India Vs South Africa 2020: 1st ODI, Dharamsala – Match Abandoned Due To Rain

The hosts India and the visitors South Africa were ready for the first game of the three-match ODI series at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium (Dharamsala). But the rain and wet outfield have forced to abandon this opening game of the series.

This is the last international series for both India and South Africa in the ongoing 2019/20 season. Both teams are in very different forms at the present moment as India lost their last three ODIs while South Africa won all their last three ODIs.

Last time, India and South Africa met in the ODI cricket during the round-robin stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Southampton on 5th June 2019. India won that match by six wickets.

Coming back to this Dharamsala ODI, the toss had been delayed due to wet conditions, while it was originally scheduled at 13:00 IST (also in local time). The umpires were initially scheduled to inspect the ground at 13:15 IST (also in local time). But that inspection was interrupted due to the rain.

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For most of the entire original first session was wasted due to rain. While the cut-off time for a 20-over game was 18:30 IST (also in local time), the match officials decided to abandon the match around 17:20 IST (also in local time).

Apart from the weather issue, the stadium had a very lesser crowd due to the Covid-19 or Coronavirus outbreak.

Lucknow will host the next ODI between India and South Africa on this Sunday

After the abandoned result in the Dharamsala ODI, it is now going to be the two-match ODI series affair between India and South Africa. They will play the next game of this ODI series at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium (Lucknow) on this Sunday (15th March).

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Eden Gardens (Kolkata) will host the last game of this series on 18th March.

Both the upcoming matches are likely to be played behind the close door as the Sports Ministry has recently advised it all the national federations.

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India Vs South Africa 2020: ODI Series – Faf Du Plessis Adds A Lot Of Value For Us: Quinton De Kock

Ahead of the crucial ODI series against the hosts India, South African captain Quinton de Kock believes that the experienced players have to take major responsibilities in this tour as their overall squad hasn’t much experience yet.

South Africa have landed in India after winning the three-match home ODI series against Australia by the 3-0 margin. While the selectors have mostly maintained that ODI squad for the ongoing Indian tour, Faf du Plessis is an important addition in this squad. Quinton de Kock feels that Faf’s return to the ODI cricket is crucial for the team.

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The Proteas captain said before the opening game of the ODI series, “Obviously, Faf (du Plessis) has comeback. He plays a big role for us from the leadership point of view. He is here to help out the younger guys in the team. He adds a lot of value for us. He also knows he has lot of value to give to this team. His experience will be a big help for us in this series.

“We understand that we are coming here with quite an inexperienced side in these conditions but it’s important Faf, me, David Miller to help out these guys around, lead the way. Pass on our knowledge to the youngsters.”

India and South Africa will play the first game of the three-match ODI series on Thursday (12th March) at Dharamsala.

Though Faf du Plessis was recently playing in the Tests and T20Is, he hasn’t played an ODI yet since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, where he scored 63, 96* and 100 runs in the last three games respectively.

Quinton de Kock talked about Faf’s recent break from the game. While they are happy on his return to the side, the team hasn’t decided about Faf’s present batting position yet.

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De Kock added, “He (Du Plessis) was given a chance to have a break. It’s been a long season so I think it was important to let him put his feet up for a while, just re-organise his thoughts.

“Just glad to have him back with us. We are undecided where he is going to bat at the moment but we will come up with the decision later.”

I am sure we are also coming here with a lot of confidence: Quinton de Kock

The Proteas captain praised the present Indian team. However, he is also confident about their strong fight on this important tour.

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He said, “India is an unbelievable team, They have got great balance, but I am sure we are also coming here with a lot of confidence.”

The Proteas left-arm pacer Beuren Hendricks was ill, but he has recovered and ready for the upcoming matches in this tour. However, the South African captain isn’t sure about Temba Bavuma‘s fitness.

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Quinton de Kock, “Beuran was unfortunately ill back in South Africa but he is back up for selection. Temba we will find out today but I don’t think he will be ready, I am not sure.”

India and South Africa will play the second and third ODI of this series at Lucknow and Kolkata on 15th and 18th March respectively.

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