IND vs ENG: BCCI to allow spectators in Motera Stadium, PM Modi likely to attend 3rd Test

IND vs ENG: India vs England Series will begin on February 5 in Chennai. Then the action shifts to Motera Stadium for the third and fourth Test. PM Narender Modi along with Home Minister Amit Shah likely to attend the third Test.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Feb 01, 2021 13:48 IST
IND vs ENG: BCCI to allow spectators in Motera Stadium, PM Modi likely to attend 3rd Test
BCCI to allow fans in Motera for 3rd Test (Image source: BCCI/photo/cricketstadium)

India vs England series: The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) could permit the spectators in the third and fourth cricket Test to be held at the newly established Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad. The government has issued new guidelines concerning COVID-19 for the capacity, meanwhile, 50 percent of the audience has approved to come. Moreover, India vs England Series will begin on the 5th of February in Chennai. Then the action shifts to the world's largest cricket stadium for the third and fourth Test.

India's four-match home series against England begins with the first Test at Chepauk in Chennai this Friday (February 5). Virat Kohli-led Team India and Joe Root's England will compete in five T20Is and three ODIs. The third Test will be held from February 24-28, while the fourth match will be held from March 4-8. Although an earlier announcement confirmed that spectators won't be attending the first two India vs England Tests due to the revised COVID-19 guidelines.

According to the latest reports, the BCCI has sent an invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President JP Nadda, and Union Sports Minister Kiran Rijiju to come to the match for the third Test. Home Minister Amit Shah, who is also the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) president, is likely to be attending as well.

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“As the seating capacity is more than a lakh, the GCA can easily accommodate 50 percent crowds for the third and fourth Tests. The Government has allowed sports stadiums to run with 50 percent capacity so it has been decided to allow fans for the matches in Ahmedabad. The media will also be able to cover the game from the stadium.”

"We have no objections but we will see how the first Test goes. However, we will be more than happy to accommodate the fans provided we get a clearance from all the necessary authorities. We are in talks with BCCI and waiting for their directive.”