Good news is coming for the cricket fans from South Africa amid the Coronavirus epidemic. On June 27 in South Africa, the top cricketers will return to the ground at Centurion to play a three-team match without the audience. The match will be telecasted live on television.
South African cricketers have been lockdown in their homes since mid-March. Acting Chief Executive of Cricket South Africa Jacques Faul said that the proposed match would be for charity. He also said that it would be played without spectators if permission from the government.
“Government have to gazette the Level 3 regulations and then the minister of sport will go over the return-to-play protocols that we have sent, which he must agree with,”
The board’s chief medical officer, Dr. Shuaib Manjra, said that strict protocols would remain in force for the match.
“First of all it will be an empty stadium, we’re looking at the minimum number of people being there for the event to happen and be broadcast, which is about 200,”Advertisement
Manjra also added that,
“The players will get in three days before and be kept in a sanitized eco-system, at the hotel, when they travel and at the stadium. We will test the players before they get to Centurion and again five days afterward in order to get rid of any false negatives.”
“In the stadium, everyone will wear masks and doors will be kept open along with other safety measures.”
If these matches go according to plan, then it will be helpful for the South African players in the preparation of their scheduled series against the West Indies and India in late July and August.
India vs South Africa series canceled in mid
South Africa played their last match against Australia on 7 March. This one-day match was won by hosts South Africa by 6 wickets. With this match, South Africa defeated Australia by 3–0 in that ODI series. After this, the South African team reached India to play 3 ODIs.
The first match for the tour on this tour was to be played at Dharamshala on 15 March. But due to rain, this match was canceled.
After this, when the South African team reached Lucknow to play the second match. But the entire series was canceled due to the threat of Coronavirus. After that, the visiting team had to return home immediately.
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