Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Eden Gardens, Kolkata (Credits: Twitter)

Last Update on: February 17th, 2022 at 03:19 pm

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has permitted the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) to allow spectators into the Eden Gardens stadium for the final T20I between India and West Indies.

As discussed with other office bearers, as per your request, you can open up for the last T20 match against West Indies at Eden,” BCCI President Sourav Ganguly wrote in an email to CAB chief, Abhishek Dalmiya.

The news comes in the aftermath of India’s win in the first T20I. There were a few members allowed in the stadium but they were likely ticket-holding members of CAB and affiliated units or sponsors’ representatives.

Sourav Ganguly, BCCI
Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Twitter)

In response, Dalmiya thanked BCCI for its consideration. “We are extremely thankful to the BCCI for their kind consideration. This consent of the Board would help CAB meet its obligations to Life Associate, Annual, and Honorary members for the 20th February match,” Dalmiya said.

Only 2000 fans are allowed in the first two matches by BCCI

It was expected that the board would have spectators in the stadium at least for the T20Is. Since ODIs were played in front of empty stands, it did make sense for the board to allow them after considering the pandemic had receded in India.

India vs West Indies
India vs West Indies. Credits: BCCI

Therefore, 2000 people have been allowed in the first two matches of the T20I series. And this number is restricted just to the corporate boxes and the upper tier of Dr. BC Roy Club House.

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Depending on how the protocols are followed and how safe it is, India’s series against Sri Lanka will have spectators. For now, it is set to allow fans to enter for the T20I and Test series.

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