India will now be hosting Sri Lanka for a couple of Tests scheduled to be commencing on March 4, the first of which will be played at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. The contest marks the special occasion for two of the country’s modern-day Indian batting stalwarts Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. It will be the 100th Test match for Virat Kohli while it will be the first Test as a captain for Rohit and now the BCCI has decided to allow 50 percent of spectators for the iconic fixture.
According to the reports in Sportstar, Punjab Cricket Association president Rajinder Gupta confirmed the news and said, “Keeping the COVID-19 protocols in mind, we have finally got the permission to allow a 50 percent crowd in the stadium. With Punjab going through elections, we will have to keep everything in mind in terms of security and crowd safety.”
Earlier, reports suggested that the game will not be witnessing any fans due to COVID-19 protocols, but the PCA president confirmed that the association has got all the necessary approvals. Confirming the same, Gupta said, “Our team is working to make the event a grand success. We will follow all the procedures to ensure that people enjoy the game.”
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This being Kohli’s 100 Test, the PCA also plans to felicitate the batter. Explaining the same, “Since the team is inside the bio-bubble, it won’t be possible to physically felicitate him, so we are trying to figure out a way to hand him our token of appreciation. We are coordinating with the concerned authorities and the BCCI on the same,” Gupta said.
Sportstar’s report also confirmed that even the BCCI plans to honour Kohli on his historic feat and it is likely that the Board’s office-bearers will be present for the game. Rajinder Gupta said, “We have invited VIPs, bureaucrats from the state for the Test match and even we have invited BCCI officials.”