Last three matches of India-England T20I series to be played behind closed doors

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Published on: Mar 16, 2021

The Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) on Monday informed that the three remaining matches of the T20I series between India and England in Ahmedabad will be played behind closed doors. The decision was made keeping in mind the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the country. The Union Health Ministry informed on Sunday had that as many as 25,320 new COVID-19 cases and 16,637 recoveries were reported in India in the last 24 hours.

In an official press release, GCA, Vice President, Dhanraj Nathwani confirmed that no more crowds will be allowed for the remaining India-England T20Is. “Due to rise in the number of Corona cases, we at GCA have decided in consultation with BCCI, the matches will be played closed door and not allow the spectators in the ground during T20 Internationals to be played between India and England at Ahmedabad,” he said.

Nathwani also assured that spectators who had purchased tickets for the upcoming three games will receive the refund. “We will form the policy for the refund of money to the spectators, who have already purchased the tickets for these three T20’s. Those who have received complimentary tickets are requested not to visit the stadium,” Nathwani further said in a statement

England and Wales Cricket Board also issued a statement over the same. “We have just received confirmation that the remaining T20I matches will take place without spectators. We have also seen the statement by the Vice-President of the Gujarat Cricket Association confirming the fact. Aside from meaning there will be considerably less noise in the stadium it doesn’t materially affect us as we remain in our bubble and even when crowds were in attendance we never came into contact with any of them, and the ball was sanitised whenever it was hit into the stands,” the ECB statement read.

Over 60,000 people were present for the first two T20I matches that were played at the Narendra Modi Stadium. India won the second game by seven wickets as debutant Ishan Kishan scored 56 while skipper Virat Kohli hammered an unbeaten 73.

With the series level, the third T20I will be played in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.

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