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50 percent crowd for 2nd India-England Test

The second India-England Test in Chennai, from February 13, is set to have 50 per cent crowd following discussions between the BCCI and Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA).

By: Express News Service |
Updated: February 2, 2021 7:41:19 am
India are on a roll having beaten Australia in their own backyard, but will miss some players through injury against England. (File Photo/BCCI)

The second India-England Test in Chennai, from February 13, is set to have 50 per cent crowd following discussions between the BCCI and Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA).

“We haven’t received any confirmation mail from the BCCI. But looks like we will have 50 per cent crowd for the second Test. The BCCI’s CEO (interim CEO Hemang Amin) is coming tomorrow. After that, we might get a confirmation. Press is likely to be allowed for both Tests,” TNCA secretary RS Ramasaamy told The Indian Express.

Chepauk will host the first two Tests of the four-match series, with the opening game commencing on Friday. The TNCA had earlier ruled out crowd attendance, but following the state government’s decision to allow 50 spectators in stadia for all sporting events, the association got in touch with the BCCI. Chepauk has a capacity of 35,000 and according to Ramasaamy, subject to the BCCI’s approval around 17,000 fans could be accommodated for the second Test. “We will start the process of issuing tickets only after the BCCI confirmation,” he said.

As reported by this paper, the BCCI has already decided to allow crowds for the third and fourth Tests in Ahmedabad.

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