Amid the novel coronavirus scare, the Road Safety World Series was called off for the time being, as a precautionary measure. The development came after it was decided that the remainder of the matches in Road Safety World Series will be played behind closed doors.
Four matches were played in the Road Safety World Series, with the tournament being called off after the match between West Indies legend and South Africa legend on March 11.
Unfortunate but right step: Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar, captain of the Indian legends team, felt it was the step taken in right direction amid the growing coronavirus concern. He also said it is really unfortunate and hopes that the coronavirus is contained.
“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,” Sachin Tendulkar said.
Remaining matches to be rescheduled for later
Following the advisory issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, have unanimously agreed to reschedule the remaining matches of the Series to a later date. The remaining seven matches in the series will now be played when the situation is conducive to hold public events with large gathering and there are no travel restrictions.
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the escalating number of cases worldwide, the Government of India issued an advisory “to ensure that no public gatherings take place in any sporting event”.
The first four matches in the Road Safety World Series saw a tremendous turnout at all venues and huge following and engagement on air and the digital channels.
The popularity of this five-nation T20 series, which is held to create awareness towards road safety in the country, grew with every passing day and tickets for the upcoming matches were sold-out much in advance. To prevent any further scope of a large gathering, the organisers felt that it is apt not to go ahead with the planned matches now.