Closed-doors Tests, three rounds of COVID-19 testing within the lead-up to the primary game, team hotel blocked for outsiders – India’s home international season is ready to begin in a fortnight.
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After a niche of practically a year-and-a-half – the final home Test was performed in November 2019 – India can be internet hosting a house Test series, and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) secretary RS Ramasaamy confirmed that the primary two Tests of the four-match series towards England, to be performed in Chennai, can be held behind closed doors.
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“We now have been instructed (by the BCCI) that crowds wouldn’t be allowed. Not even the press can be allowed. That’s the state of affairs now. We don’t know what the BCCI would resolve sooner or later. As of now, all closed,” Ramaswamy instructed The Indian Express.
The BCCI, however, will not be rising the internet hosting charge for the staging association, which stays Rs 2.5 crore per sport and without followers the TNCA would miss out on gate receipts – practically Rs 1 crore over 5 days by a tough estimate. The primary two Tests of the series can be performed in Chennai adopted by the following two in Ahmedabad. The series commences on February 5 and each India and England are scheduled to reach in Chennai on January 27. They may enter the bio-bubble, with each group to be put up in the identical lodge.
“Each group are staying at the Leela Palace. All the lodge has been blocked; there will probably be no different visitors within the lodge. They may comply with the quarantine and bio-security protocols; not only the players and training workers and match officers, however everyone who will probably be concerned with the Tests. Upon arrival, they may bear Covid exams adopted by two extra rounds of testing (earlier than the match). That is relevant to everyone, together with among the floor workers,” the TNCA secretary mentioned.
Preparations have begun and as Ramasaamy is knowledgeable, 5 pitches will probably be saved prepared at Chepauk. Chennai lately hosted the Plate Group matches of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and in response to the official, “pitches will probably be good”. On Thursday, Chennai’s complete COVID-19 tally stood at 229,705