To welcome back cricket fans back to the stadiums, The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will be closely working with the UK Government’s Events Research Programme to increase capacities for England’s upcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka and T20I series Pakistan. This is a conscious effort from the board to chalk out ways to welcome back fans to the stadiums as and when the summer season starts.
The ECB has also come up with an official statement expressing its desire to welcome back fans to the stadiums for the upcoming home season. To start with, the ECB said that it will initially focus on getting fans for the three-match ODI series between England and Sri Lanka.
ECB’s Statement On Getting Back Fans For Upcoming Home Season
“For operational reasons, we will focus initially on the three matches in late June and early July against Sri Lanka at the Emirates Riverside in Durham, the Kia Oval in London and the Bristol County Ground. Details on arrangements for the Pakistan series will follow after further discussions with the Government and local stakeholders”.
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ECB further said in its statement that the T20I series against Sri Lanka is not a part of this agenda as it concerns the Welsh government and their permissions.
“The Vitality IT20 against Sri Lanka at the Ageas Bowl on 26th June will not be part of this Programme and all matches in Wales are subject to separate discussion with the Welsh Government.”
Meanwhile, ECB Culture Secretary Oliver Dowen said that he is happy that the international home season is starting with series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. He further said that he will make an effort to get as many fans as possible.
“Summer is all about cricket and I’m delighted to be able to include England’s upcoming ODI and IT20 series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan in our pioneering Events Research Programme.We will continue to do everything we can to get as many as possible back watching live sport and cultural events as safely and as quickly as possible.”
The T20I series against Sri Lanka will be played between June 23-26 while the ODI series will run from June 29- July 4. Thereafter Pakistan will tour England for three ODIs and as many T20Is between July 8-20.
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