Fans are unlikely to be allowed for the first few matches of the ODI series between India women’s team and South Africa at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow, starting on Sunday.

While the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) had initially thought of allowing at least 25 per cent fans for the series, after a series of meetings with the local administration, it has been decided that a call on allowing the spectators will be decided after the second ODI.

The media, however, will be allowed and the series will have live telecast.

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“It all depends on how the COVID-19 situation remains in the city. For us, the safety of the players and all the stakeholders is of prime importance,” a senior BCCI official, who is aware of the development, told Sportstar.

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