SIGNALLING CRICKET’S full unlock down, the BCCI will allow spectators within the stands for the third Test between India and England from February 24 to 28 on the refurbished Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium at Motera near Ahmedabad, This might presumably be the primary time that the cricket board is opening the doorways of a stadium for the public in a world sport after the Covid outbreak early final yr.
The India-England series will begin in Chennai on February 5 behind closed doorways, and there’s nonetheless no readability on the presence of fans for the second Test on the similar venue.
The pandemic had seen cricket take a break with the final house Test towards Bangladesh in November 2019. The pink-ball day-night Test at Motera can even be the primary international sport on the new stadium the place capability has been elevated to 1,10,000, making it the most important on the planet.
To mark the event, The Indian Specific has learnt that the BCCI has prolonged invites to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president J P Nadda and Union Sports activities Minister Kiren Rijiju. Union Residence Minister Amit Shah, who’s the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) president, can also be more likely to be current. The stadium will host the fourth and last Test of the series and 5 T20 games to observe. The GCA can also be the house affiliation of Shah’s son and BCCI secretary Jay Shah.
“Because the seating capability is greater than a lakh, the GCA can simply accommodate 50 per cent crowds for the third and fourth Tests. The Authorities has allowed sports stadiums to run with 50 per cent capability so it has been determined to permit followers for the matches in Ahmedabad. The media can even be able to cowl the sport from the stadium,” mentioned a BCCI supply.
If Modi arrives for the sport, it’s going to mark a return for him to the venue of the ‘Namaste Trump’ rally a yr in the past when the previous United States president visited the country.