The Maharashtra government on Saturday gives green signal to the three scheduled ODIs between India & England in Pune without allowing any spectators into the stadium due to rising COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra.
There were some doubts that whether three ODIs will be shifted somewhere else but after a meeting between CM Uddhav Thackeray & Maharashtra Cricket Association President Vikas Kakatkar, the permission for the matches were obtained.
“Keeping the seriousness of the current spike in COVID cases in Maharashtra, after inputs from the Hon’ble Chief Minister, it was decided that permission will be granted for these matches without spectators,” the Maharashtra Cricket Association said in a media release.
The Maharashtra Cricket Association said that the Chief Minister has asked them to take all necessary precautions with regard to the players & officials. “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 one-day internationals, has ended and the Association can start preparatory works like obtaining permissions, for smooth conduct of the matches,” it said.
The Association also thanked former ICC, BCCI and MCA president Sharad Pawar for his help and guidance. “At this juncture, Vikas Kakatkar also wishes to put on record the invaluable help and guidance received from Hon’ble Sharadrao Pawar,” the release stated.