Friday’s second T20I between India and New Zealand will see a capacity crowd at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi, the secretary of Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA), Sanjay Sahay, confirmed.
The match will be the second of the 3-match T20I series between the two sides and India currently has a 1-0 lead having won the first game yesterday in Jaipur. For the game, the state government has given permission to allow 100% of the seats to be filled.
“The state government has okayed for a full capacity and we are all set to witness a full house in India after a long, long time. There will also be food available in the stands. Normalcy is back again.”
“People have been fed up after being in the lockdown for close to two years and the match, so there’s a big excitement for the match tomorrow. There will be people back on the roads again,” Sahay was quoted as saying to PTI.
A notification issued by the state government reads that the fans who have taken both their COVID-19 doses or have a negative RT-PCR test result will be allowed to enter the venue tomorrow.
“There will be multiple checking and spectators will have to produce double vaccination certificates or a negative RT-PCR result done within 48 hours. We have 80-odd tickets left which are all for the emergency quota and we don’t keep them for sale. The seats remain vacant so we are all set to have a full capacity,” Sahay further mentioned.
“Heavy dew expected from around 7:30 pm onwards” – Curator for the second T20I between India and New Zealand
The chief curator, Shyam Bahadur Singh, revealed that the toss is expected to have a significant role in tomorrow’s game as there is heavy dew expected half an hour after the game begins.
“Heavy dew is expected from around 7.30 pm onwards. We will take all possible measures to negate the impact. It would be a sporting wicket. T20 is a game of entertainment, not a classic version. People will come to watch some power hitting and not to see a Ranji or a Test,” Bahadur said.
If India wins tomorrow’s match, they will take an unassailable lead in the series.