In a major update, the Tamil Nadu government has allowed 50 percent spectators with 50 percent capacity in sporting events, paving way for a possible presence of a crowd in the upcoming two Tests set to take place at the iconic M.A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai between India and England.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswamy made the announcement on Sunday while announcing certain relaxations on the Covid-19 enforced lockdown in the state.
The announcement comes after Tamil Nadu Cricket Association recently made it clear that they are in the mood of taking a risk and allowing spectators to watch the two ICC Test Championship Tests. It remains to be seen if the TNCA changes its stance after the latest announcement from the Tamil Nadu government.
“In view of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the BCCI has decided not to take any kind of risk with the safety of the players during the forthcoming India-England Test series. The players, officials will be undergoing strict quarantine and several rounds of COVID-19 tests before entering the bio-bubble,” TNCA Secretary RS Ramasaamy had written in a circular.
“As per BCCI directive, the first two Tests between February 5-17 being held at MA Chidambaram Stadium will take place behind closed doors. TNCA will not be issuing tickets or sub-committee badges,” he added.
The two Test matches in Chennai will take place between India and England between February 05-09 and February 13-17.