Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president, Avishek Dalmiya revealed that they haven’t received any final confirmation regarding the crowd capacity for the 3-match T20I series between India and West Indies.
Eden Gardens will play host to the T20I series while Narendra Modi Stadium will be the venue for the ODI series that begins on February 6. Since several states have been lifting pandemic restrictions, it was expected that crowds will be allowed but nothing has been confirmed.
“There are reports in the media that spectators would not be allowed during the 3 T20 international matches between India and West Indies to be held at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, later this month.”
“However, we have not received any written intimation or information regarding the same from the BCCI till now. Therefore, we would like to refrain from issuing any reaction in the matter at present,” Dalmiya said.
West Bengal government has revealed to CAB that 75% capacity is permitted
Earlier, Dalmiya had mentioned that the Bengal government has already confirmed that sporting venues can allow 75 per cent of the capacity to be filled. Eventually, it will be the BCCI will decide whether it can be permitted for the upcoming white-ball series.
“We are thankful to the honourable Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, chief secretary and Government of West Bengal for announcing the resumption of sporting activities as well as for allowing 75 per cent of the capacity of spectators back to the stadium.”
“We feel that it will give a fresh lease of life to the sportspersons of the state. After the New Zealand T20I last year, this time too, CAB is confident that it will be able to successfully host the three T20Is against the West Indies in a similar manner,” Dalmiya had earlier stated.