“T20s on March 16, 18 and 20 will be played without an audience at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Refunds will be given to the spectators who have purchased tickets,” Nathwani said in a statement.
“Due to the rise in the number of Corona cases, we at GCA have decided in consultation with BCCI, the matches will be played behind closed doors and not allow the spectators in the ground during T20 Internationals to be played between India and England at Ahmedabad.”
He said the GCA will form a policy for refund of money to the spectators who have already purchased tickets for these three T20Is.
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“Those who have received complimentary tickets are requested not to visit the stadium,” he added.
The first two games at the world’s largest cricket stadium had attracted more than 60,000 spectators, raising questions over the safety of the fans amid the pandemic.
Crowds had returned for international cricket matches in India during the preceding Test series barring the opening game which was played behind closed doors.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in consultation with the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) has decided to conduct the final three T20Is against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium behind closed doors. The decision was arrived at following detailed discussions with the state and local health authorities.
The BCCI will continue to comply with all the regulations put in place to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus and will always put the health and safety of its fans and stakeholders at the top.
Those who have purchased tickets for any or all three T20Is will be refunded and the process for the same will be announced in due course.