The opening test will still take place behind closed doors, but Indian and English players can expect fans to cheer them on at the stadium from the second test.
“The BCCI let us know that fans could be allowed to participate in the second Test. We are just waiting for official confirmation. The first Test will take place behind closed doors. It was too late to organize the first Test,” the secretary said. by TNCA. RS Ramasaamy told TOI on Monday.
The Sports Ministry’s decision to allow full capacity crowds in stadiums for outdoor events and the revised Tamil Nadu government guidelines to allow 50% of the crowd to enter stadiums opened the door to development after previously stating that fans would not be allowed for the first two tests.
With stands I, J and K which were authorized last year and are again open to the public, the total capacity of Chepauk amounts to around 38,000 seats. According to Ramasaamy, around 12,000 to 15,000 tickets are expected to go on sale. Seats in the coveted pavilion and the terrace enclosure will remain closed to the public as it is located near the players’ changing rooms. “We will not have seats in the pavilion or in the terraces on the terrace to make sure that no one is approaching the players’ area,” said Ramasaamy.
All players test negative
The Indian and British players, meanwhile, have completed their six-day quarantine after returning negative results in three RT-PCR tests carried out during that period. All the Indian players were present at Chepauk on Monday evening and did some stretching and warm-up exercises. They will hit the net on Tuesday morning for their first full practice session.
The England team will follow suit, training in a group for the first time on Tuesday afternoon. Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Rory Burns – who had traveled to India a few days earlier than the England squad since they were not part of the Sri Lanka series – have already been training for MAC ‘B’ nets since Saturday.