On Tuesday, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) secretary confirmed that the first Test between India and England will be played without any crowd while the second Test which is scheduled to commence on February 13 will have a 50 percent crowd in attendance, on Tuesday. The first couple of matches of the four-match Test series will be played in Chennai at the MA Chidambaram Stadium before the action moves to Ahmedabad for the third and fourth Test.
The first Test will be commencing on Friday, while the second is slated to begin on February 13. Speaking to ANI, TNCA secretary RS Ramasaamy informed that the cricketing body has got the final approval from the BCCI to allow fans to come in for the second game of the Test series.
On Monday, a BCCI official confirmed that they will be allowing the crowd inside the Motera Stadium for the last two Tests of the series between India and England. Speaking to ANI, a BCCI official confirmed that fans will be allowed to come in for the Test matches in Motera.
Asked if Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be invited for the third Test scheduled to be played in the refurbished Motera Stadium, the BCCI official answered in the affirmative. On Monday, England spinner Jack Leach said that under the captaincy of Joe Root, the Brits would love to play in front of the crowds in the upcoming Test series against India.
Leach had said, “Definitely we will want to play in front of crowds that’s for sure, but it needs to be safe, we do not want obviously to be adding to a problem which is affecting the whole world. If it is safe and good, then it is great. We would love to play in front of crowds as soon as possible.”
Meanwhile, the Indian team finally began their nets session on Tuesday. Head coach Ravi Shastri welcomed the entire squad by giving some inspirational pep-talk and then the entire team hit the nets to prepare for the series.