New Delhi, Feb 1: The third Test between India and England slated to be played at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad will have fans in attendance. The match between India and England will be a day-night contest. The fourth match of the series will also be played at the same stadium.
According to a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official on Monday confirmed that fans will be allowed to come in for the Test matches in Motera. "Yes, in what comes as a welcome sign for hundreds of our cricket loving fans, they will be allowed to come into the stadium for the Motera Tests," the official said. The stadium in Motera, which underwent renovation and can now host 1,10,000 fans, is the biggest in the world in terms of capacity.
Besides, England is currently in India for a full tour which gets underway from February 5 in Chennai which will host the first two Tests of a four-match series. The central and Tamil Nadu governments have eased the lockdown restrictions opening the possibility of even MA Chidambaram Stadium hosting fans for the first two matches. Last week, the Sports Ministry had amended its Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) and the stadium were allowed to operate at full capacity following Covid-19 protocols.
It is being reported that since the third Test, a day-night affair, will be the first international cricket match at the venue since it was refurbished, BCCI is planning to extend an invitation to a host of dignitaries including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju among others.
The second Test between India and England may also have a 50 percent crowd in attendance if the talks between the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) and the BCCI are successful.
The first and second Test between India and England will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The first Test will be played on February 5, while the second is slated to begin on February 13.