India is going to welcome international cricket to their own den after a long gap which was affected due to COVID-19 and now with initiation of cricket, India is also starting the format which will commence from red ball series. Out of this one of the positive and happiest news will be that BCCI is likely to bring spectators to the stadium from the T20I series which will be played in Ahmedabad at Motera Stadium starting from March 12th.
With a conversation with ANI, some of the officials of BCCI has quoted that there are trying to bring the crowd but the final call will be with the government which will be finalised.
“We are trying to open the stadium for fans to witness what awaits to be a thrilling T20I series between India and England. While we are yet to decide on the numbers, the idea is to get close to 50% of the seats filled. But the final decision lies with the government. Safety is a priority even as we adapt to the new normal”, said by officials.
As it is also confirmed that in the red ball series, there will be no crowd so the tickets won’t be selling as it was confirmed by Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) for the first two tests against Chennai so eventually it will be played behind the closed doors.
“In view of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the BCCI has decided not to take any kind of risk with the safety of the players during the forthcoming India-England Test series. The players, officials will be undergoing strict quarantine and several rounds of COVID-19 tests before entering the bio-bubble. As per BCCI directive, the first two tests between February 5-17 being held at MA Chidambaram Stadium will take place behind closed doors”. Quoted by RS Ramaswamy.
“TNCA will not be issuing tickets or sub-committee badges”.
The red ball cricket will be the first series played between both sides and it will be comeback for players like Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya and Ishant Sharma. Players like Axar Patel will be going to debut for the national side whereas T Natarajan has been excluded from the squad for England series.