England will be touring India for the series of 4 Test, 5 T20 Internationals and 3 One Day International matches.
All the squad members of both India and England have gave their Covid-19 Tests, which came back negative as well given the green signal to leave the bio-secure bubbles to go for training in the grounds. The squad members of both India and England are in Chennai where both first Test match and second Test match will be held on 5 February and 13 February 2021 respectively.
When arrived in Chennai, both the squad members of India and England went the mandatory quarantine period for six days.
BCCI to allow crowds in 50% of the stadium capacity?
The Board of Control in Cricket in India (BCCI) has been approached by Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) to allow fans at least in 50% of the stadium capacity in the second Test match between India and England, where it will begin on 13 February and finish on 17 February in MA Chidambaram Stadium.
It is also stated that if the crowds will be allowed for the second Test match, then Media Personnel would also be allowed in Chennai stadium.
On December 26, the Indian ministry of youth affairs and sports had said:
“For outdoor events, spectators will be allowed up to a maximum of 50% of the total capacity of the stadium. Standard operating procedures and guidelines for conducting sporting competition in India in the Covid-19 environment”.
Though it was stated by the Indian government that 50% of the crowd can be allowed on the grounds, they would not take any kind of risk with the safety of the players.
So far, there haven’t been any official statement yet on the allowance on the crowd. We may have to wait before the commence of the second Test match.
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