The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association have decided to allow 50 per cent people at the stadium from the second Test between India and England, which is slated to take place at the MA Chidambaram stadium, a top TNCA official confirmed PTI on Monday. However, the BCCI had proposed this earlier to them but the TNCA rejected it as well.
Meanwhile, the TNCA members have taken a call after the new COVID-19 rules have eased on public movement and also the entry of people into sporting venues were issued as well. After that, the TNCA and BCCI officials spoke on this matter in a meeting and it was cleared as well.
“We discussed the issue of allowing spectators for the second India vs England Test following fresh COVID-19 guidelines by the Central government permitting crowds at sporting venues and also the state government’s SOPs given on Sunday,” the TNCA official told PTI. “It has been decided by the BCCI and TNCA to allow 50 per cent spectators for the second Test by following all safety protocols.”
Meanwhile, the England cricket team didn’t comment on this matter. “We are not going to comment on speculation. We are still waiting to hear from the BCCI in terms of their protocols for the forthcoming Test series,” said England’s media spokesperson.
However, the MA Chidambaram stadium has a capacity of 50,000 people as well. While the first Test will begin on Friday, the second Test starts on February 13. On the other hand, crowds have been allowed for the third and fourth Test, which will be played in Ahmedabad.
However, the official has confirmed that media are allowed to cover both the Tests from the press box at the stadium but the media conferences will be held virtually only.
“There is little time to make arrangements for spectators entry for the first Test so the crowd cannot be allowed. Though the gap between the two Tests is only three days, we are confident that arrangements can be made for (50 per cent) fans in second Test keeping the safety norms in mind,” the official further added.
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