No Crowd For ODIs, But Eden Gardens To Witness 75% Fan For India-West Indies T20 Series
By CricShots - Feb 1, 2022 12:42 pm
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The Eden Gardens will be witnessing fans with 75 percent of its capacity during the upcoming three-match T20I series between India and West Indies from February 16. The West Bengal government said that all indoor and outdoor sports activities can take place with 75 percent capacity at the venue.

Eden Gardens Stadium

On Monday, the West Bengal government said, “All indoor and outdoor sports activities will be allowed with 75 percent of the capacity of the venue.”

Eden Gardens is likely to have around 50,000 fans at the venue for the T20I matches which will witness a full-strength Team India, under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma locking horns with Kieron Pollard-led West Indies who will play 3 ODIs in Ahmedabad from February 6 before heading to Kolkata. Gujarat Cricket Association confirmed that the ODI series between India and West Indies will be played without crowds.

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Meanwhile, Cricket Association of Bengal president Avishek Dalmiya thanked the West Bengal government for allowing the presence of fans for the T20I series. Notably, Kolkata hosted the third T20I of New Zealand’s tour of India last year with Eden Gardens operating at 50 percent capacity.

India vs West Indies

In his statement, Avishek Dalmiya said, “We are thankful to the honorable Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, chief secretary and Government of West Bengal for announcing the resumption of sporting activities as well as for allowing 75 percent of the capacity of spectators back to the stadium.”

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He further added, “We feel that it will give a fresh lease of life to the sportspersons of the state. After the New Zealand T20I last year, this time too, CAB is confident that it will be able to successfully host the three T20Is against the West Indies in a similar manner.”

As per the original schedule, West Indies were slated to play three ODIs in Ahmedabad, Jaipur, and Kolkata and three T20Is in Cuttack, Visakhapatnam and Thiruvananthapuram. However, due to the sudden surge in Covid-19 cases across the country in the last month, the BCCI decided to hold the limited-overs series in just two venues – Ahmedabad and Kolkata.