The Edgbaston Cricket ground will be allowed to have 80 per cent of fans of its capacity in the stadium for the ODI of England vs Pakistan on July 13. This means that around 19,000 fans will be able to attend the match.
It has been done as part of the UK government’s Events Research Programme (ERP), similar to the second Test between England and New Zealand was at the ground earlier this month. During that game, Edgbaston operated with around 60,000 spectators (70 per cent capacity) attending across the four days.
The spectators allowed at the Edgbaston on July 13 will include those under the age of 16 “in the stadium bowl and hospitality lounges without social distancing as part of the research study.”
Apart from this, the ones aged 11 or older will be required to present a negative COVID-19 lateral flow test result or proof of two vaccinations (first and second dose) at least 14 days prior to the ODI to get the permit of attendance.
The match would be the third and the final game of the three-match ODI series of England vs Pakistan. The first match of the series will take place on July 8 at Sophia Gardens, while the second ODI will happen on July 10 at the Lord’s.
Stuart Cain, Chief Executive at Edgbaston, said: “It’s fantastic for sport in the West Midlands that so many cricket fans will be able to enjoy another blockbuster fixture in England versus Pakistan at Edgbaston.
“The recent Test match gave us a fantastic opportunity to build a new model for large scale sporting events and I’m pleased to see elements of this first trial being carried forward for the Pakistan match.
“Technology played a big part in this and we will again focus on using this as a way of creating a safe environment whilst enhancing Edgbaston’s reputation as one of the best atmospheres in world cricket.”
Following the ODI series, the two teams will then square off in three T20Is starting July 16 at Trent Bridge. While the second T20I will take place on July 18 at Headingley Carnegie and the third on July 20 at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground.
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