After a victorious win against Australia in their own den, Team India is marching towards Home test series of four matches which will be played against England. It will be the comeback of international cricket to the Indian conditions. As the first two test matches will be played at Chennai which is now announced that will be played behind the closed doors due to wave of coronavirus scare. The decision was took by Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) that there will no entry of spectators in the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Earlier it was announced by the Indian Government that 50% capacity is allotted to the outdoor activities. The first test match will be played from February 5-9 whereas the second one will be from February 13-17. Both the matches will be at Chennai whereas the last two red ball match will be played at Ahmedabad in Motera Stadium from 24-28 February and 4-8 March respectively.
After the completion of red ball series, both the team will play five T20Is, as all of them will be played at Ahmedabad whereas three ODIs at Pune. The decision over cancelling the crowd is due to coronavirus scare as right now India is at second rank in total COVID-19 infections which is rising everyday with a peak of 11-million mark around.
“In view of the prevailing Covid Pandemic, BCCI has decided not to take any kind of risk with the safety of the players during the forthcoming India-England Test series”.
“As per BCCI directive, the first two Test matches will take place behind the closed doors (No Spectators/Guests/Sub-Committee Members) as a preventive measure”. Wuoted by TNCA Secretary R Ramaswamy.
Both the squads will arrive at Chennai on 27th January and will undergo quarantine norms. Players have to undergo three day quarantine rules and afterwards that they can go to practice sessions with regular testing.