The first two tests of the upcoming India-England series will be played at the MA Chidambaram stadium behind closed doors, a senior official from the host association TNCA said on Friday.
According to RS Ramasaamy, secretary of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), both tests would be played without spectators as per a BCCI directive, given the current COVID-19 situation.
“Yes … the crowd will not be allowed for the two test matches as a preventive measure due to the viral situation,” he said. PTI.
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In addition, a circular dated January 20 was sent to TNCA members stating that the decision to play the matches behind closed doors was made with the BCCI.
“In view of the prevailing COVID pandemic, the BCCI has decided not to take any risk for the safety of players during the next round of India-England tests,” the circular said.
“In accordance with the BCCI directive, the first two test matches between February 5 and 17 which will take place at the MA Chidambaram stadium will take place behind closed doors (no spectators / guests / members of the subcommittee) as a preventive measure”, he added.
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Teams are expected to reach Chennai by January 27 and undergo testing before entering the bio-bubble.
It should be noted that the Indian government recently announced that outdoor sporting events could be held with 50 percent spectators after following standard operating procedures.
The first test is scheduled from February 5.