Under the increasing threat of the novel coronavirus, the remaining matches of the Road safety World Series 2020 have been shifted to DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. Reportedly these matches will be played behind closed as precaution.
Road Safety series shifted
The third leg of the Unadacemy Road Safety World Series 2020 was scheduled to be held in Pune from March 14 to 20. But now the matches will be held in Mumbai at the DYP Stadium without any crowd. The same venue will host the final match of the series as well on March 22.
An official statement issued in the midnight read, "Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the escalating number of cases in Maharashtra, the organizing committee unanimously agreed that the third leg of the Series, which was scheduled to be held in Pune from 14 to 20 March, 2020, be relocated to DY Patil Stadium and played behind closed doors along with the remaining games at the same venue and the final.”
The official statement further added that all stake holders related to the series agreed on the matter understanding the urgency of the situation. It explained, "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."
Safety matters most
The organizers said that call has been taken for the sake of safety of the players and others associated with the games. "This decision has been taken as the most responsible course of action, to protect the health and safety of the players, staff and spectators."
On Wednesday Maharashtra reported 10 confirmed cases of coronavirus as the number in the country increased to 60. The ongoing Road Safety series featured a number of legends from Sachin Tendulkar to Brian Lara and gave a chance to the cricket lovers to watch the superstars in action again.
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