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Cricket fans wearing face-masks amid concerns of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus arrive at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala on March 12, ahead of the start of the first one day international (ODI) cricket match of a three-match series between India and South Africa. (Sajjad Hussain/AFP via Getty Images)

DHARAMSALA — Rain caused the abandonment of the first one-day international between India and South Africa on March 12 without a ball being bowled.

The wet outfield at HPCA Stadium delayed the toss, and persistent rain forced officials to call off the match at 5:20 p.m. local time.

The second ODI of this three-match contest will be in Lucknow on March 15.

However, as per the Indian government’s latest health advisory regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the remaining two ODIs in Lucknow and Kolkata are expected to be played without spectators.

This latest advisory, in addition to the March 11 travel advisory restricting entry into India until April 15, has also cast a shadow on the Indian Premier League.

The league is scheduled to start on March 29. The government has advised the Board of Control for Cricket in India against staging the tournament.

The BCCI is considering holding the seven-week tournament without spectators, and is expected to make a final decision at a meeting on March 14 in Mumbai.

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