The remaining three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) between India and England will be played without the crowd, informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) n Monday. The BCCI has had a discussion with the Gujarat Cricket Association in order to conduct the final three T20Is against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium behind closed doors.
In a press release regarding the same, the BCCI wrote: “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in consultation with the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) has decided to conduct the final three T20Is against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium behind closed doors. The decision was arrived at following detailed discussions with the state and local health authorities.”
🚨The BCCI in consultation with @GCAMotera has decided to conduct the final three T20Is against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium behind closed doors.
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 15, 2021
The press release further added, “The BCCI will continue to comply with all the regulations put in place to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus and will always put the health and safety of its fans and stakeholders at the top. Those who have purchased tickets for any or all three T20Is will be refunded and the process for the same will be announced in due course.”
Gujarat Cricket Association also issued a statement as their vice president, Dhanraj Nathwani said, “Due to rising COVID-19 cases, remaining T20 International Matches between India and England will be played without an audience at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Refunds will be given to the spectators who have purchased tickets.”
The first two T20Is of the series took place with spectators capped at 50 percent of the stadium capacity. However, with the stadium capacity at 1.32 lakh, the number of spectators allowed inside the stadium was also on the higher side. The last three T20Is are scheduled to be held on March 16, 18, and 20. The five-match series is leveled at 1-1 after India won the second T20I on Sunday after having lost the first one on Friday.
The Test series that preceded the T20Is had spectators allowed for the last three Tests after the first Test was played behind closed doors in Chennai.