Fans might get to catch some live cricket action soon as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are looking forward to allowing fans at the stadiums in Ahmedabad and Pune for India’s upcoming series against England, which is scheduled to begin in February and will continue to March.
However, the BCCI had already approached the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) to allow fans (50 percent of the capacity) for the first two Test matches between India and England but they have turned down as they don’t want to take any risk amid the crunch situation of COVID-19. Notably, the first Test will start on February 5 in Chennai.
However, according to the sTimes of India, the sources claim that BCCI is confident to get the fans back for the last two Tests and five T20Is as well at the newly-made Motera stadium in Ahmedabad and the three ODIs in Pune as well.
“The board has been in talks with the two concerned associations. It is very likely that these venues will see cricket being played with fans in the stands once all the clearances from the health authorities are attained,” a senior BCCI official has shared.
The board wants to host the first international fixtures at the Motera stadium with the presence of fans. Since it has the capacity of one lakh people, BCCI might allow less than 50 per cent spectators for the games. Although the capacity hasn’t been finalized yet, it can be expected that a maximum number of around 25000 to 30000 people can attend the games as well.
On the other hand, both the players of India and England teams have already reached Chennai for the first two Tests of the series. Meanwhile, the teams have been in strict quarantine for five days and they will get only three days to practice prior to the first Test. Both the teams have won their last fixtures and it will be interesting to see who will carry forward their winning momentum in the upcoming series as well.
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