No fans will be allowed when India takes on England in the three-game ODI series at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune, the state association confirmed on Saturday.
With the state witnessing an increase in COVID-19 cases, there was speculation the series could be moved out of Pune. However, after a meeting between MCA Chief Vikas Kakatkar and Board Chairman Milind Navrekar and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray, it was decided that even though the series would be proceed as planned, fans will not be allowed. .
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“Keeping the severity of the current outbreak of COVID cases in Maharashtra, after the contributions of the Honorable Chief Minister, it was decided that permission would be granted for these matches without spectators,” read a statement released by MCA .
“The Chief Minister has asked the President of the Maharashtra Cricket Association to take all necessary precautions regarding players and other officials. With this, the uncertainty as to whether to hold these three ODI matches has ended and the association can start preparatory work such as obtaining various authorizations. “
Earlier this month, BCCI allowed 50% of fans to attend the test matches in Chennai and Ahmedabad. The three-game series is scheduled to begin on March 23.