The first match of the series between India and South Africa will be played in Dharamshala. The Meteorological Department has expressed the possibility of rain in Dharamshala for three days from March 12, the effect of which is being seen on the sale of match tickets. the effect of growing coronavirus infection in the country also remains on the match. This is the reason that only 40% of the tickets of the 22 thousand capacity stadium have been sold so far. So far, 69 cases of coronavirus infection have been reported in India. The highest number of 18 cases have come from Jaipur in Rajasthan. However, not a single patient has been found in Himachal Pradesh.
The South African team has come to India for the ODI series after 4 years with new captain Quinton Deacock and coach Mark Boucher. In October 2015, the African team beat India 3–2 at their home. Due to the Coronavirus, the boards of both teams have advised their players to take some precautions related to shaking, mingling and taking selfies with the fans during the series.
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) said, “The match has been affected by travel restrictions imposed due to coronavirus. We expected more than 1000 foreign fans to come to the match. No journalist has come from The Africa for this series. HPCA has installed hoardings inside and outside the stadium to create awareness about Corona’s infection. “