The second test between England and New Zealand in Edgbaston will witness 18,000 fans in each of the first three days, giving hope for the presence of a significant crowd at the World Cup final (WTC) between India and New Zealand, which immediately follows.
The Edgbaston test is defined as a pilot event by the UK government.
“The Edgbaston LV Insurance Test match, listed as a pilot event. We will be able to receive about 18,000 spectators each day. We will contact ticket holders by email about the next steps,” the Edgbaston cricket administration wrote on its Twitter handle in Wednesday afternoon.
18,000 fans make up 70 percent of ground capacity.
Viewers wishing to see the game will be contacted via email and asked to complete the next few steps.
There has already been talk of 4,000 spectators for the WTC final in Southampton, which begins four days after the end of the Edgbaston test on June 10-14.
The first test between England and New Zealand at Lord’s, to be held from 2 to 6 June, will be attended by 25% capacity.
“The UK government’s roadmap for easing Covid-related restrictions in England means that the test match between England and New Zealand on June 2-6 will be limited to a reduced ground capacity of 25%. If you have purchased a ticket for this match, you will automatically receive a refund, “said a statement from the administration of the cricket lord.