The outburst of the Coronavirus has affected the sports world in a massive way. A number of events have either been canceled or are being held in front of empty stands. Cricket is also not very far away from being one of the most affected sports.
Here’s a list of series and cricketing events that have either got canceled or being played without spectators.
India vs South Africa ODI series
India and South Africa were slated to play a three-match ODI series. The first ODI in Dharamsala was called off due to rain while the remaining two that were scheduled to take place in Lucknow and Kolkata were canceled due to Coronovirus outburst.
It was earlier decided that the two ODIs will be played without spectators but they were eventually called off.
Australia vs New Zealand ODI series
The trans-Tasmania clash is being held as scheduled but the three ODIs would be played in front of empty stands. Australia won the first match by 71 runs. David Warner and Aaron Finch showed their class as the two got individual half-centuries while Marnus Labuschagne continued his great run with the bat. He too chipped in with a fifty. The Australian pacers then bundled out out New Zealand for 187 to win the match for their side.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been suspended till April 15. The BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah will meet the co-owners of all the eight franchises to discuss the further proceedings in Saturday’s Governing Council (GC) meet.
IPL was originally scheduled to begin from March 29 when Mumbai Indians would have locked horns with Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium.
England tour of Sri Lanka
The English team was scheduled to visit Sri Lanka for a two-match Test series but they have now decided to postpone the tour. An ECB statement read: ”Due to the Covid-19 pandemic worsening globally, and after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket, we have today made the decision to return our players to the U.K and postpone the forthcoming Test series between Sri Lanka and England.:
Australia women’s team tour of SA
The Australian women’s team tour of South Africa was also canceled earlier.
Ranji Trophy final Day
The fifth and final day of the Ranji Trophy 2019/20 final saw no spectators in the stands. Saurashtra etched their name in the record books to lift the trophy for the first time in history after defeating Bengal on Friday at the SCA.
Pakistan Super League
The schedule of the on-going Pakistan Super League was altered in the wake of the COVID-19 scare. the number of playing days were reduced and the rescheduling was done.
League was altered in the wake of the COVID-19 scare. the number of playing days were reduced and the rescheduling was done.
This has now led to 14 players deciding not to take further part in the PSL. Some of the big names like Alex Hales (Karachi Kings), Rilee Rossouw and James Vince (Multan Sultans), Tom Banton, Carlos Brathwaite, Liam Dawson, Lewis Gregory and Liam Livingstone (Peshawar Zalmi), Jason Roy and Tymal Mills (Quetta Gladiators), Colin Munro, Dale Steyn, Dawid Malan and Luke Ronchi (Islamabad United), left the tournament.
Asia XI vs World XI
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has also decided to postpone the Asia XI vs World XI series.
Road Safety World Series
The Road Safety World Series featuring Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Jonty Rhodes along with some big former players has also been canceled. Irfan Pathan, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Wasim Akram, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Chaminda Vaas were a part of this tournament.