Coronavirus outburst: Road Safety World Series postponedLast updated on Mar 14, 2020, 04:03 pm
The Unacademy Road Safety World Series has been postponed until further notice, owing to the coronavirus scare.
The organisers stated that the remaining seven matches in the series will now be played when the situation gets appropriate to hold sporting events with large gathering and no travel restrictions.
Earlier, the organizers planned to schedule the remaining matches behind closed doors.
Here is more.
The matches were relocated to DY Patil Stadium
The high-voltage tournament which featured the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara, turned out to be a sell-out.
The organizing committee had unanimously decided to shift the matches with the number of cases in Maharashtra rising swiftly.
Pune was the original host for the matches scheduled from March 14 to 20.
However, the matches were relocated to DY Patil Stadium.
Organisers have taken the right step: Tendulkar
Tendulkar asserted that it was the right step under the present situation to defer the tournament.
"The rescheduling of this series, held to create awareness about Road Safety, is unfortunate yet the right step. We all hope and pray that the spread of novel coronavirus is contained," he said.
Previously, BCB also postponed the World XI v Asia XI matches amid coronavirus fears.
We look forward to play in remaining matches: Brian Lara
"The rescheduling of this series is unfortunate yet the right step. We all hope the spread of coronavirus is contained. The situation is a little disappointing now, but we are looking forward to take part in the remaining games of the series," Lara said.
IPL 2020 has been deferred till April 15
The upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) edition has been postponed till April 15, owing to coronavirus scare.
India's cash-rich league was originally scheduled to commence on March 29.
Reportedly, the team owners had suggested the IPL can be pushed back by a couple of weeks amid the coronavirus outbreak, which has been declared a pandemic by WHO.
The tournament was a huge success: Jonty Rhodes
Sadly, the @RSWorldSeries has been postponed, but the tournament has been such a huge success already, that we have all agreed to be available (if possible) to continue raising awareness for such a good cause, at a later stage this year #RoadSafety #thanksfortheloveindia https://t.co/0Ug12gTcvJ— Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) March 13, 2020