50 per cent crowd for 2nd India-England Take a look at; media additionally allowed to cowl from press field

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File picture of MA Chidambaram Stadium.

The BCCI and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Affiliation have determined to permit 50 per cent spectators on the second India-England Take a look at to be held on the M A Chidambaram stadium right here, a prime TNCA official advised PTI on Monday.

The problem was mentioned by the TNCA members after recent COVID-19 tips on easing of public motion and entry of spectators into sporting venues had been issued. The transfer was cleared in a gathering between TNCA and BCCI officers.

“We mentioned the problem of permitting spectators for the second India vs England Take a look at following recent COVID-19 tips by the Central authorities allowing crowds at sporting venues and likewise the state authorities’s SOPs given on Sunday,” the TNCA official advised PTI.

“It has been determined by the BCCI and TNCA to permit 50 per cent spectators for the second Take a look at by following all security protocols.”

The M A Chidambaram stadium has a capability of 50,000.

The primary Take a look at begins on Friday whereas the second match begins on February 13. Crowds have already been allowed for the third and fourth Take a look at in Ahmedabad.

The official additionally stated that media could be allowed to cowl each the Checks from the press field on the stadium. Nonetheless, media conferences would nonetheless be held nearly.

The BCCI and the TNCA had earlier determined that the primary two matches could be held behind closed doorways. However the recent dwelling ministry tips on easing of restrictions on public motion have modified the state of affairs.

The official stated there was little time to permit entry of spectators for the opening Take a look at.

He stated regardless that there was solely a spot of three days between the primary and second Checks, the TNCA was assured of creating preparations to permit 50 per cent spectators within the stadium.

“There may be little time to make preparations for spectators entry for the primary Take a look at so the group can’t be allowed. Although the hole between the 2 Checks is barely three days, we’re assured that preparations might be made for (50 per cent) followers in second Take a look at holding the protection norms in thoughts,” the official added.

The Tamil Nadu authorities on Sunday introduced that for sports activities, together with cricket, 50 per cent occupancy could be allowed in stadiums.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had requested that matches be performed behind closed doorways.

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