Road Safety World Series matches to be held behind closed doors

Road Safety World Series matches to be held behind closed doors

Amid the coronavirus scare, the remaining matches of the ongoing Unacademy Road Safety World Series will be held behind closed doors at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. The league issued a statement and said that the third leg of the series, which was scheduled to be held in Pune from March 14 to 20, will now be shifted to the DY Patil Stadium and played behind closed doors along with the remaining games at the same venue and the final.

As per the original schedule, other than the four Pune games which have now been called off, two ties were to be staged at the DYP stadium, including the final on March 22.

The organisers said that the decision has been taken as the most responsible course of action. He added that the decision has been made keeping in mind, the health and safety of the players, staff and spectators.

Now South Africa Legends will lock horns with Sri Lanka Legends on Friday, March 13.

"All stakeholders 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," said the statement.

So far, more than 60+ confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported across the country. Recent;y the World Health Organisation (WHO) termed COVID-19 as a "pandemic". 

Meanwhile, with the novel virus continuing to spread in the state, the two-month-long Indian Premier League starting on March 29 also has been affected. The Maharashtra government, which discussed the outbreak on Wednesday announced a ban on sales of IPL tickets in the state.

With the ban on ticket sales in the state, the encounter between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai on March 29 might happen in an empty stadium.

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