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BCCI Gives Nod To TNCA To Allow 50% Crowd For The 2nd Test

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BCCI has given nod to allow 50% crowd at MA Chidambaram Stadium during India’s second Test against England to be played from 13th February in a latest turn of events. In the aftermath of COVID-19, the cricketing action got staged behind closed doors on various occasions.

Even the extravagant T20 league, IPL, also took place in UAE without the presence of the crowd. The first Test though will still be played behind closed doors.

BCCI : IPL
BCCI: IPL

BCCI Communicated To TNCA That Fans Can Be Allowed For 2nd Test

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) was given a nod by BCCI to allow 50% of the stadium capacity during the second Test. It means that cricketers can look forward with all the enthusiasm and cheering from fans right from the second game. However, TNCA officials have stated that they are still waiting for the official confirmation on the same matter.

“The BCCI has communicated to us that fans can be allowed for the second Test. We are just waiting for official confirmation. The first Test will be played behind closed doors. It was too late to make arrangements for the first Test,” TNCA secretary RS Ramasaamy told TOI.

TNCA
TNCA

Earlier it was stated that fans would not be given entry into the stadium owing to COVID-19 situations in the nation, but then, the sports ministry gave orders to allow full capacity into the stadiums for outdoor games. However, the Tamil Nadu government revised its guidelines and decided to stick with only 50% of the crowd inside the stands.

It was believed that the second half of the Test series could see fans coming in at Ahmedabad. It was earlier decided that England and India’s first 2 Tests will be behind closed doors at Chennai as no fans will be allowed as a precautionary measure against the dreaded coronavirus.

Around 15,00 tickets To Go For Sale In 2nd Test

With the new I, J, and K stand getting the nod to accommodate the public last year onwards, the total capacity of Chepauk stadium is around 38,000. As per the TNCA secretary, around 12,000-15,000 tickets can be up for sale. However, seats that are near to pavilion area or terrace enclosure will not be sold as they are in proximity to the dressing room of cricketers.

Chepauk Stadium
Chepauk Stadium

“We will not have any seating in the pavilion and terrace stands to ensure that nobody comes close to the players’ area,” Ramasaamy added.

The first Test is all set to be played on the same venue Chennai at Chepauk Stadium from 5th February, while the second Test will get in action on February-13. The first Test will be played from February 5 to 9 and the second one from February 13 to 17.

Pacer Ishant Sharma, who had missed the Test series against Australia has made his way back into the squad announced by BCCI. Spinner Axar Patel has also made his way into the Test squad for the first two Tests for the first time.

While Virat Kohli was set to return after missing the last three Tests against Australia as he had taken paternity leave, Hardik Pandya’s inclusion comes on the back of him working overtime on his fitness after returning from the Australia limited-overs series. His inability to bowl was a major concern for the team management.

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