The Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) is considering the idea of calling spectators back to the stadiums for the third and fourth tests against England in Ahmedabad.
While the first two tests – which will be held in Chennai from February 5 – will be a cross-door affair, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal said the council is monitoring the situation and a decision on the return of spectators would be taken soon. “We are very keen to have the fans in the stadium. We are monitoring the situation and as we get the clearances from the central and state governments and we feel the situation is safe we will bring the fans back. “said Dhumal. Sports star Saturday.
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In accordance with the revised standard operating procedure issued by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, stadiums are now allowed to return to full capacity for outdoor events. Previously, stadiums were allowed to operate at 50% of their capacity. And with that in mind, it is possible that the Board of Directors will allow at least 25% of the crowd.
“We are working on the plan and will announce (as we go) that there will be a final decision. We are hopeful and keep our fingers crossed, ”Dhumal said.
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The board has already started its national season – the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy – and plans to host the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the senior women’s tournament in a bio-bubble. The operations team is working on the details and the Council has regular conversations with the government about the vaccination of cricketers. “We want to get the players vaccinated and we are in contact with the government. The government directive now is that frontline workers will be the first to get vaccinated, ”Dhumal said.
The English tour of India also marks the return of international cricket to the country after the lockdown induced by COVID-19.
Although there has been no cricket activity in the country, the council had to host the Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates last year. However, as things are slowly returning to normal, the Agency plans to host the IPL in India this time around.