The final three T20Is between India and England will be played without the attendance of any live audience inside the stadium in Ahmedabad as a precautionary measure amid the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.
Team India takes on England in the 3rd T20I on Tuesday (March 16), after successfully outclassing the visitors with the bat in the second match in emphatic style.
Going into the third T20I, the five-match series is currently level with both sides winning 1 match each.
The number of coronavirus cases is on the rise again in India and as a result, it has been decided that the remaining three T20Is at the Narendra Modi Stadium will be played behind closed doors.
Sources close to the developments, during a chat with ANI, revealed that the decision has been taken keeping in mind the COVID-19 scenario in India.
“Yes, we have decided that the remaining games will be played behind closed doors keeping in mind the safety of the cricket-loving fans and the players. Safety will always be the priority and this is an ever-evolving situation as we figure the way as we fight the virus,” a source said.
India reported 26,291 new COVID 19 cases in the past 24 hours, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday (March 15). The ministry added that 17,455 people recovered and 118 people died from the virus in the same period.
With this, the tally of total cases in the country has increased to 1,13,85,339 since the start of the pandemic. Out of this, 1,10,07,352 people have recovered while 1,58,725 people succumbed to the virus. A total of 22,74,07,413 samples have been tested since the start of the pandemic with 7,03,772 samples being tested on March 14 alone.
The current active tally of COVID-19 cases stands at 2,19,262. India has witnessed a sudden rise in cases after reporting low figures in the past months. India is currently the second most affected country behind the United States of America, which has reported 30,081,657 cases and 547,234 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the vaccination drive in the country is going at full speed with almost 3 crore vaccinations completed according to Union Minister of Health Dr Harsh Vardhan.