The last two matches of the four-match Test series between India and England which are scheduled to be played at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad will have fans in attendance. The third Test of the four-match series is scheduled to be a day-night affair and is scheduled to be commencing on February 24. The fourth and final match of the series will also be played at the same stadium. For pre match odds you can check Melbet India.
Speaking to ANI, a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official on Monday confirmed that they will be allowing the spectators in for the Test matches in Motera. He confirmed, “Yes, in what comes as a welcome sign for hundreds of our cricket loving fans, they will be allowed to come into the stadium for the Motera Tests.” The BCCI official also confirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be invited for the first Test match in the refurbished Motera Stadium.
Last week, the Sports Ministry made changes in its Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) and stadiums were allowed to operate at full capacity following COVID-19 protocols. The second Test between India and England can also be expected to witness 50 per cent crowd in attendance if the talks between the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) and the BCCI are successful.
Speaking to ANI, a senior TNCA official on Sunday said, “See the new regulations allow for 50 per cent fans, so we are going to speak to the BCCI through our secretary and a decision will be reached only after that. But yes, for now, let’s wait and watch till tomorrow.”
Asked about the number of allowed spectators, the official said that the Tamil Nadu government has allowed only 50 percent of the capacity so that will be it. Earlier, the TNCA had informed that they will not be opening counters for the tickets for the first two Tests between India and England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium as both the games will be played behind closed doors.
In a circular, accessed by ANI, TNCA secretary RS Ramasaamy had notified the officials that the decision has been taken keeping in mind the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.