Road Safety World Series 2020 Coronavirus threat: The ongoing tournament has become yet another high-profile event to get affected.
World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring the outbreak of coronavirus as a “pandemic” yesterday has led to high-profile events across the world getting cancelled or suspended.
The ongoing Road Safety World Series has become another tournament which has been affected by the spread of coronavirus. Having gained plentiful attention due to the presence of some legendary names, the Road Safety World Series will now be played behind closed doors.
As per the announced schedule, the 11 matches of the tournament were slated to be played across four venues – Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai), DY Patil Stadium (Navi Mumbai), Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (Pune) and Brabourne Stadium (Mumbai).
The Pune leg of the tournament, which was scheduled to begin from March 14, now stands cancelled as an aftermath of the outbreak. Furthermore, all the remaining matches will be played at the Dr. D.Y. Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai including the final which was earlier scheduled to be played at the Wankhade Stadium.
Road Safety World Series 2020 Coronavirus threat
“This decision has been taken as the most responsible course of action, to protect the health and safety of the players, staff and spectators.
The remaining matches of the Road Safety World Series will be played behind closed doors at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai starting March 13 when South Africa Legends take on Sri Lanka Legends in a revised schedule due to the rising concerns over coronavirus in the country. pic.twitter.com/6zxETFsq9g
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“All stake holders agreed that they will continue to monitor the situation closely with the relevant authorities as they understand that it is a fluid situation, developing on a daily basis and they remain realistic and flexible in their approach to alternative options, which will be communicated in due course,” the organisers of the tournament said in a statement.
All eyes are now on the Indian Premier League Governing Council Meeting which is scheduled to happen on March 14 (Saturday) to discuss the fortune of IPL 2020.