Pune: The series of 3 ODIs between India and England (IND vs ENG) in Pune will be played in the empty stadium due to rising cases of corona virus in Maharashtra. Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) gave this information on Saturday.
3 ODIs are to be played on 23, 26 and 28 March at MCA Stadium in Gahunje on the outskirts of Pune city. Earlier, 2 Tests, 4 ODIs and 3 T20 International matches have been held on this ground.
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The MCA said in a press release, ‘Given the seriousness of the growing cases of COVID-19 in Maharashtra, following the instructions of Hon’ble CM Uddhav Thackeray, it was decided that It will be approved to organize these matches without spectators.
Today, along with Maharashtra Cricket Association President, Mr. Vikas Kakatkar ji met with the Hon’ble CM Shri Uddhav ji Thackeray and Minister Shri Aaditya ji Thackeray regarding the India-England One-Day International Matches to be held in Maharashtra. pic.twitter.com/ipoidsX7Bl
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MCA President Vikas Kakatkar met CM Uddhav Thackeray and Tourism and Environment Minister Aditya Thackeray (Aaditya ji Thackeray), along with the Chairman of the Governing Council, Malind Narvekar to organize one-day matches.
The Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) has said that the CM has asked them to take all precautions against players and officials. The MCA thanked the ICC, BCCI and former MCA President Sharad Pawar for help and suggestions.