No fans will be allowed when India takes on England in the 3 matches ODI series at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune, the state association confirmed on Saturday.
With the state observing an increase in COVID-19 cases, there were speculations that B could move the series out of Pune. However, after a meeting between MCA chief Vikas Kakatkar and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Milind Navrekar, and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Cand Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray, the association decided that the series will go ahead as scheduled, but fans will not be allowed.
“Keeping the seriousness of the current spike in COVID cases in Maharashtra, after inputs from the Honourable Chief Minister, it was decided that permission will be granted for these matches without spectators,” an MCA statement read.
“The Chief Minister requested the Maharashtra Cricket Association President to take all the necessary precautions regarding players and other officials. With this, the uncertainty about holding these three ODI matches has ended, and the association can start preparatory works like obtaining various permissions.”
Earlier, BCCI had allowed 50 percent of fans to attend the Test matches in Chennai and Ahmedabad. The 3 match series begins on March 23.