The first two matches of the four-match Test series between India and England will be played without spectators. On behalf of the MA Chidambaram Stadium, it has been informed that spectators will not be allowed. The decision has been taken by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association due to the increasing cases.
Both teams will play the first two Test matches at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. According to Tamil Nadu Cricket Association secretary RS Ramaswamy, the first two Test matches will be played without spectators as per the instructions of the Board of Cricket in India (BCCI) in view of the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the nation. He said, “Yes…crowd will not be allowed for the two-Test matches as a preventive measure in view of the virus situation.”
TNCA members and BCCI took this decision:
On this, a circular was also issued on 20 January, in which it was written that the members of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, along with the BCCI, has decided that both the Test matches played with England will be played without an audience. It wrote, as per the BCCI guidelines, the first two Test matches to be played at MA Chidambaram on February 5 and February 17 will take place without an audience.
Both teams will reach Chennai by January 27:
England and India teams will reach Chennai by 27 January where they will enter into the bio-secure bubble. After that, their Covid-19 Test will have to be done. However, England’s team is currently playing a Test series in Sri Lanka.