The Board for Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is mulling allowing fans into the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium at Motera near Ahmedabad where the third and fourth Test between India and Egland is scheduled to take place. As per a report in The Indian Express, BCCI along with the Gujarat Cricket Association is exploring the possibility of accommodating up to 50 per cent of the ground’s seating capacity which is 1,10,000.
“As the seating capacity is more than a lakh, the GCA can easily accommodate 50 per cent crowds for the third and fourth Tests. The Government has allowed sports stadiums to run with 50 per cent capacity so it has been decided to allow fans for the matches in Ahmedabad. The media will also be able to cover the game from the stadium,” The Indian Express quoted an unnamed source in the BCCI as saying.
If BCCI successfully rolls out this move it will be for the first time since the pandemic that cricket fans will be able to see the action from close quarters on Indian soil.
The third Test against England is a Day-Night Test and coincidentally the last Test match played on Indian pitches was also a day-night affair between the hosts India and Bangladesh.
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