NEW DELHI: The Indian cricket board (BCCI) is looking to get fans back at the stadiums in Ahmedabad and Pune for games against England during February and March.
BCCI had approached the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) to allow fans (50 percent of the capacity) for the first two Test matches. TNCA, however, turned down the proposal as it didn’t want to take any chance. The first Test begins on February 5.
Sources told TOI that BCCI is confident of getting fans in for the last two Tests and five T20Is at the revamped Motera stadium in Ahmedabad and the three ODIs in Pune. “The board has been in talks with the two concerned association. It is very likely that these venues will see cricket being played with fans in the stands once all the clearances from the health authorities are attained,” a senior BCCI official said.
TOI understands that the BCCI is keen to host the first international fixtures at the revamped Motera with some fanfare. The capacity is yet to be finalized. Since the Motera now has a capacity of one lakh spectators, BCCI may think of going for less than 50 per cent of the capacity. It is learnt that a maximum of around 25000 to 30000 people will be allowed at the ground.
Chief selector enters Chennai bubble with India, England teams
India and England teams have reached Chennai for the first two Tests of the series. It is also learnt that India’s new chief selector, Chetan Sharma has also entered the bubble. The teams will be in quarantine for five days and get to train only three days ahead of the first Test. The Indian team management will hold virtual team meetings to devise strategy for the series. Sharma is likely to have a couple of meetings with the team management and captain Virat Kohli to discuss the way forward.