The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) have allowed 50 per cent spectators to attend the MA Chidambaram Stadium in the second Test of the four-match series against England (India vs England).
A top TNCA official briefed PTI-language on Monday. He told that the media will also be allowed to cover both the test matches from the press box at the stadium. The issue was discussed among the TNCA members after the new guidelines were issued from Kovid-19.
It was approved in a meeting between TNCA and BCCI officials. The new guidelines provide for the approval of the entry of spectators in sports venues. The TNCA official told PTI, “ After getting the audience approval on the new guidelines of the central government related to Kovid-19 regarding the sports venues and the issue of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) from the state government on Sunday, we have made India-England Discussed allowing the audience for the second Test to be played between.
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“It has been decided by BCCI and TNCA to allow 50 per cent spectators for the second test, following all safety protocols,” he said. The MA Chidambaram Stadium has a capacity of 50,000. The first Test of the series starts on Friday while the second match will be from 13 February.
Viewers have already been approved for the third and fourth Test
Audiences have already been approved for the third and fourth Tests in Ahmedabad. The official also said that the media would be allowed to cover both the Test matches from the press box at the stadium.
Press conferences will still be held online
The press conferences, however, will still be held online. Earlier, BCCI and TNCA had decided that the first two matches would be played without an audience. This was changed following the latest guidelines of the Union Home Ministry to relax restrictions on the movement of people.
’50 percent convinced to make arrangements to allow viewers’
The official said that there was little time to allow entry of the audience for the initial test. He said there is a gap of only three days between the first and second Tests but TNCA is confident of making arrangements to allow 50 per cent spectators to the stadium. He said, ‘There is very little time to arrange the entry of the audience for the first test. There is only three days between the first and second Test, we are confident that arrangements can be made keeping in mind the safety norms of fans in the second Test.
The Tamil Nadu government announced on Sunday that 50 percent fans would be allowed in stadiums for other sports including cricket. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), however, requested that the matches be played without an audience.