The cricket fans will be finally happy to know that BCCI is likely to allow a 50 per cent crowd capacity in-stadium during the India England series which starts on January 5. The three venues scheduled for the England series are Chennai, Ahmedabad, and Pune. Some of the state associations have planned to allow only 20 -25 per cent crowd capacity at their stadiums.
India will also be the first cricketing nation to allow fans inside the stadium after Australia. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, fans were not allowed inside the stadium to reduce the spreading of the virus. The players have been following protocols to get the game going and they will have to take the tests every three days. It is a tough time for the players out there and the fans will be pleased that they will be allowed to watch a cricket match inside the stadium after a long time.
Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Played Under Closed Doors
Domestic Cricket has started in the Indian cricket circuit after a long break and the first tournament to be held inside was the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Due to the protocols going around the country, BCCI had decided to play the tournament under closed doors which will not allow any fans inside the stadium. The last time Indians got to watch a cricket match was the ODI series against Australia way back in January 2020.
India’s last ODI series at home against South Africa in March of 2020 was cancelled due to the Covid Pandemic along with the Indian Premier league getting postponed.
IPL Held In UAE Without Fans
IPL 2020 was postponed to the month of September due to the lockdown and the tournament was also shifted to the UAE by the BCCI. The players were part of a strict bio bubble and virus tests were conducted regularly. The tournament was a great success as Mumbai Indians went on to lift their fifth title and their second title consecutively.
The tournament had a massive number of television viewers all over the world and it was really great entertainment for the fans who had missed a lot of action in these tough pandemic times.