The remaining three T20Is between India & England will be played behind closed doors in Ahmedabad, BCCI confirms on Monday. “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,” BCCI said in a release on Monday.
The BCCI is in contact with @GCAMotera & has decided to conduct the final three T20I matches against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium behind closed doors.
“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,” the release stated.
Gujarat Cricket Association also issued a Statement, “Due to rising COVID-19 cases, remaining T20 International Matches between India and England will be played without audience at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Refund will be given to the spectators who have purchased tickets,” said Dhanraj Nathwani, vice president of GCA, in a statement. Those who have received complimentary tickets are requested not to visit the stadium, he added.
The first two T20Is of the series were held with spectators at 50% stadium capacity. However with the stadium capacity at 1.32 lakh the number of spectators allowed inside the Narendra Modi stadium was also significant.
The last three T20Is are scheduled to be held on March 16, 18 & 20. The five match T20I series is levelled at 1-1 after India won the second T20I on Sunday by defeating England by comfortably chasing the target of 164 runs. The recently concluded Test Series between India & England had spectators allowed for the last three tests after the first match was played behind closed doors in Chennai.