As per recent development, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), is unlikely to allow spectators for the T20I series against West Indies which is supposed to start from 16 February at the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata. Earlier, the West Bengal Government had given permission for 75 percent crowd attendance at the Gardens.
As per a state government notification issued on Monday, “all indoor and outdoor sports activities will be allowed within 75 percent of the capacity of the venue” which means a crowd attendance of around 50,000 can be expected.
We don’t want to leave anything to chance: BCCI source
A BCCI source confirmed the news in a conversation with Telegraph India. He further told that Kolkata should not get any undue advantage for hosting the series with the crowd in attendance.
The BCCI is maintaining a cautious approach after 7 members including 3 players Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, and Gaikwad tested positive ahead of the ODI series in Ahmedabad.
“We don’t want to leave anything to chance. Since the ODIs in Ahmedabad are being held behind closed doors, the same should apply to Calcutta as well. It shouldn’t seem that Calcutta got any undue advantage by hosting the matches,” said a BCCI source who is in the know of things.
Kolkata last hosted a T20I match against New Zealand in November last year in a bio-secure environment with 70 percent attendance.
However, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) is going ahead with the plans to print tickets. As per sources, tickets were sent for printing last Sunday. The ticket costs are capped at Rs 650, Rs 1000, and Rs 1500.
“We need time to make the necessary arrangements. If the BCCI permission comes late, then we will not have the required time to complete the sale and distribution of tickets,” a senior CAB official said.
• BCCI is unlikely to allow a crowd at the Eden Gardens for the T20I series.
• West Bengal government allowed 75% crowd capacity for sporting events.