Road Safety World Series: Coronavirus leads to cancellation of Pune games

Four games at Pune’s MCA stadium have been called off and two matches at the DY Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai may be staged before empty stands.

The likes of Irfan Pathan, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif are part of the India Legends squad in the Road Safety World Series.   -  PRASHANT NAKWE

The Road Safety World Series T20 matches, featuring cricket’s greats and ex-internationals from five countries, will face a course correction given the coronavirus safety measures.

Four league games at Pune’s MCA stadium have been called off and two matches, scheduled to happen at the DY Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai, maybe staged before empty stands. The fate of the Pune games is to be decided.

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According to information from sources, this is under Maharashtra government's stand to cancel all public gatherings to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The ongoing five-nation cricket series is the first sporting event in India to be affected by the restriction on fans assembly.

As per the original schedule, apart from four Pune games now called off, two ties were to be staged at DYP stadium, including the final on March 22.

India Legends, captained by Sachin Tendulkar, played in front of packed stands at Wankhede Stadium (against West Indies Legends) and DYP stadium (against Sri Lanka Legends), winning both games. South Africa Legends’ opener against West Indies Legends, in progress at the DYP stadium, has fans watching the action from the stands at Nerul.

Refund process for tickets announced

The tournament announced refund details for ticket purchase done online or offline for the cancelled four league matches.

The organsiers’ stated: "All customers who have purchased tickets for RSWS on the website for tickets will be refunded online within seven to 10 working days. For customers who have purchased offline through the official PYC Hindu Gymkhana Box office and Maharashtra Cricket Association's Gate 1 Box Office for Pune matches, refund will be from PYC Gymkhana Box Office from March 14 to 17, 2020. Offline customers will have to produce their physical tickets proof to claim the refunds at the Box Office."

March 12 is a rest day, games with no fans in the stands will resume on March 13 at the DY Patil stadium till the final on March 22.

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