The first two tests of the upcoming India England series will be played at A Chidambaram Stadium behind closed doors, a top Official from hosts team said on Friday.
According to Tamil Nadu Cricket Association Secretary RS Ramaswamy, “The two tests would be played without spectators as per a BCCI directive, considering the current COVID-19 situation in the country. Yes…crowd will not be allowed for the two Test matches as a preventive measure in view of the virus situation,” he told media.
Also a circular on January 20 has been sent out to TNCA members saying that the decision to play the matches behind closed doors was taken by the BCCI.
“In view of the prevailing COVID pandemic, the BCCI has decided not to take any kind of risk with the safety of the players during the forthcoming India-England Test series,” the circular read.
“As per the BCCI directive, the first two Test matches between February 5 and February 17 being held at MA Chidambaram stadium will take place behind closed doors (No Spectators/Guests/Sub-Committee Members) as a preventive measure,” it added.
The teams are expected to reach Chennai by January 27 & undergo COVID-19 testing before entering the bio-bubble. The Indian Government has recently announced that the outdoor sporting activities should be conducted with 50% of audience after following the standard operating procedures. The first Test is scheduled from February 5.