The full unlocking of SIGNALING CRICKET, the BCCI will allow spectators to appear in the stands for the third Test between India and England from February 24 to 28 at the refurbished Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel stadium in Motera near Ahmedabad, learned The Indian Express.
This may be the first time that the cricket council has opened the doors of a stadium to the public during an international match after the Covid epidemic early last year. The India-England series will kick off in Chennai on February 5 behind closed doors, and there is still no clarity on the presence of fans for the second Test at the same location.
The pandemic saw cricket take a hiatus with the last home test against Bangladesh in November 2019. The pink ball day-night test at Motera will also be the first international match at the new stadium where capacity has been increased to 1,10,000, making it the largest in the world.
To mark the occasion, The Indian Express has learned that BCCI has sent invitations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President JP Nadda and Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. Union Home Secretary Amit Shah, who is the chairman of the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA), is also likely to attend. The stadium will host the fourth and final test of the series and five T20 matches to follow. GCA is also the original association of Shah’s son and BCCI secretary Jay Shah.
“Since the seating capacity is over a lakh, the GCA can easily accommodate 50 percent of the crowds for the third and fourth tests. The government allowed sports stadiums to operate at 50 percent capacity, so it was decided to allow supporters for matches in Ahmedabad. The media will also be able to cover the match from the stadium, ”said a BCCI source.
If Modi arrives for the game, it will mark a return for him to the ‘Namaste Trump’ rally venue a year ago when the former President of the United States visited the country.