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No crowd for Tests in Chennai

Possibility of allowing 25% crowd inside the stadium in Ahmedabad though no decision has yet been taken
The first two Tests will be held in Chennai, while the next two will be played at the renovated stadium at Motera near Ahmedabad.
The first two Tests will be held in Chennai, while the next two will be played at the renovated stadium at Motera near Ahmedabad.
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Our Bureau   |   Calcutta   |   Published 21.01.21, 04:29 AM

Spectators are unlikely to be allowed inside the stadium in Chennai during the Test series against England, beginning February 5. The first two Tests will be held in Chennai, while the next two will be played at the renovated stadium at Motera near Ahmedabad. 

“We have been clearly told by the state administration that crowds will not be allowed inside the stadium. We can’t risk the lives of common people. At the same time it also has to be kept in mind that any untoward incident may put the entire series on the line,” a senior functionary of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association told The Telegraph.

Sources also revealed that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has made it clear that they wouldn’t be comfortable playing with crowds inside the stadium.

“The ECB is wary particularly after they were forced to abandon the South Africa tour midway once members of the touring party tested Covid positive,” the source said.

However, there is a possibility of allowing 25 per cent crowd inside the stadium in Ahmedabad though no decision has yet been taken. ECB’s consent will also have to be taken.

Ahmedabad is home to BCCI secretary Jay Shah.

The last time fans in India were allowed to witness an international match from the stadium was in January 2020.



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