The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to allow fans to attend the third and fourth Test to be played at the newly refurbished Motera Stadium in Gujarat.
The third Test between India and England will be a day-night affair, while the fourth match will also be played at the Motera.
Confirming the news, a BCCI official told ANI, “Yes, in what comes as a welcome sign for hundreds of our cricket loving fans, they will be allowed to come into the stadium for the Motera Tests.”
“As the seating capacity is more than a lakh, the GCA can easily accommodate 50 per cent crowds for the third and fourth Tests. The Government has allowed sports stadiums to run with 50 per cent capacity so it has been decided to allow fans for the matches in Ahmedabad. The media will also be able to cover the game from the stadium,” English Daily quoted a BCCI source as saying.
Since, the third Test will be the first international match at the stadium, the BCCI had extended invites to dignitaries including the Prime Minister of India.
50% crowd to be allowed at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai for the second Test
Meanwhile, the BCCI has also discussed its plans the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) to allow fans to attend the second Test at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. They have decided to go ahead with allowing 50% crowd in the stadium. The decision was confirmed by a TNCA official.
The BCCI and the TNCA decided to let the spectators attend the match based on the freshly issued COVID-19 protocols.
“We discussed the issue of allowing spectators for 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.”
The stadium can accommodate 50,000 people. Media will also be allowed to cover the match from the press box though.
The fist Test between India and England gets underway on February 5. The second Test will begin from February 13.