In what comes as heartening news for cricket fans in Pune, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has given the green signal to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) to host the One-day series between India and England.
The three-match One-day International series between India and England had been originally scheduled in Pune but with the Covid situation in Maharashtra significantly worse as compared to a major part of the country, doubts had hovered as to whether the rubber will take place in Pune.
The three-match ODI series will follow the five-match Twenty20 International rubber that will take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The three matches have been scheduled to take place on March 23, 26, and 28 respectively.
Following the first Test in Chennai which was played behind closed doors, fans returned to the stadium for the second and third Test and it is likely to be the same in the T20Is series as well.
However, it remains to be seen whether the crowd will be allowed to attend the games given the Covid situation in Maharashtra. Ar the time of writing, the state has recorded more than 8000 cases for three consecutive days.