The organisers of the ongoing RSWS T20 postponed the remaining matches of the novel cause T20 cricket tournament due to Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
The tournament will now resume at a time when the threats for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) would have reduced significantly.
Coronavirus in India: Road Safety World Series
The Road Safety World Series T20 competition began on March 7 to much fanfare at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The Wankhede, which was filled to its 26000-strong capacity, only showed the enthusiasm that people had for the unique tournament, which featured the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Brian Lara, Jonty Rhodes, and Tilakaratne Dilshan. Yesterday, the organizers announced that the matches of the tournament, which were scheduled to be played in Pune, were called off indefinitely and the remaining Navi Mumbai matches would be played behind closed doors.
Sachin Tendulkar on Coronavirus
India Legends captain Sachin Tendulkar also weighed in on the cancellation of the tournament and wished well for the containment of the pandemic. In the press release, Tendulkar is quoted as saying, ” 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.” Tendulkar expressed his excitement to get back on the field and complete the tournament in safer times. West Indies Legends captain Brian Lara echoed with Sachin Tendulkar’s views and expressed willingness to complete the remainder of the tournament in a safer time.
Jonty Rhodes commented on twitter: ‘Sadly, the Road Safety World Series T20 has been postponed, but the tournament has been such a huge success already, that we have all agreed to be available (if possible) to continue raising awareness for such a good cause, at a later stage this year’