Ahead of the start of the T20I series between India and England, Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) has decided to allow only 50 percent crowd at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad during the five-match T20I series scheduled to be commencing on Friday to March 20. All the COVID-19 related precautions have been taken and all standard operating procedures (SOPs) are being followed.
Explaining the same, Vice President of the Gujarat Cricket Association, Dhanraj Nathwani said, “We are going to use only 50% seating capacity at the Narendra Modi Stadium for all the T20 International matches to be played here due to COVID-19 pandemic. Up to 50 percent tickets will be issued on the online and offline ticketing platforms for these matches.”
The entire stadium has been sanitized considering the safety of the spectators. All COVID-19 guidelines are being strictly adhered to and special task force committees have been set up to ensure that all required safety measures are implemented and followed.
On Thursday, the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli confirmed that Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are India’s first-choice opening pair for the T20I series. He also highlighted how Rahul has been performing consistently for the men in blue in the shortest format of the game. The India skipper also said that Shikhar Dhawan might open if one of the openers is rested for a game.
Kohli explained, “It’s quite simple, KL and Rohit have been performing at the top of the order for us and those two would start. And if Rohit takes rest or KL has a niggle or something Shikki (Shikhar Dhawan) obviously comes back as a third opener. The starting composition, Rohit and Rahul will start.”