EXCLUSIVE: Pune to Host India-England ODI Series After Maha CM’s Nod, But Without Spectators
In a good news for Pune’s cricket fans, the city is all set to host the three match ODI series between India and England after getting a go ahead from Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray.
The development comes after Maharashtra Cricket Association officials met with the Chief Minister. His son Aditya Thackrey was also present in the meeting.
“Keeping the seriousness of the current spike in Covid cases in Maharashtra, after inputs from the Hon’ble Chief Minster, it was decided that permission will be granted for these matches without spectators.
The Chief Minister requested the President of Maharashtra Cricket Association to take all necessary precautions regarding players and other officials. With this, the uncertainty about holding these three One-Day International Matches has ended and the Associations can start preparatory works like obtaining various permissions, for smooth conduction of the matches,” a letter issued by MCA said.
3 international matches between India and England, which were to be held in March in Pune, were under the cloud of uncertainty over the recent spike of Covid-19 cases.
Earlier in the day, it was reported that BCCI might move the ODI series due to a rise in the number of positive cases in Pune. The city recorded 1542 new cases and 8 deaths on Thursday. In total, 403497 people have tested positive. Maharashtra has also witnessed a surge in the COVID-19 cases. The state recorded 8333 new cases on Friday, with 765 of those who tested positive being in Pune.