COVID-19 Measures Changed – 50% Crowd Allowed For India vs England Cricket Game

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The BCCI and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association have decided to allow 50% crowd for India vs England as a test of new COVID-19 measures.

The test is to be held at the M A Chidambaram stadium. This comes after TNCA members discussed the situation on easing public movement and spectators returning to sporting venues.

Cleared in a meeting between TNCA and BCCI officials. COVID-19 guidelines by the Central government permitting crowds at sporting venues and also the state government’s SOPs was given on Sunday, TNCA official confirmed.

The M A Chidambaram stadium has a capacity of 50,000 persons. First test begins on Friday while the second match starts on 13th February. Crowds have already been allowed for the third and fourth test in Ahmedabad.

The official also said that media would be allowed to cover both the tests from the press box at the stadium. However, media conferences would still be held virtually.

BCCI and the TNCA originally decided that the first two matches would be held behind closed doors. The latest ministry guidelines however shifted the decision on easing of restrictions related to public movement.

The official said there was little time to allow entry of spectators for the opening test.

Further saying, even though there was only a gap of three days between the first and second tests, the TNCA was confident of making arrangements to allow 50% spectators in the stadium.

“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 fans, keeping safety at priority,” the official added.

On other news, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had requested that matches be played behind closed doors.