The last three T20I matches in a series of five matches between India and England will be played behind closed doors at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. The Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) will reimburse the amount of spectators who have purchased tickets for the last three matches.
“Due to the growing number of crown cases, we at GCA have decided, in consultation with the BCCI, that matches will be played behind closed doors and do not allow spectators on the ground during T20 international players to play between India and England in Ahmedabad, “GCA Vice President Dhanraj Nathwani said in a press release. “We will form a refund policy for spectators who have already purchased tickets for these three T20s. Those who have received free tickets are asked not to visit the stadium.”
The series of five matches is played at the renovated Narendra Modi Stadium, which witnessed crowds of 67,200 and 66,352 respectively in the first two games. Although the stadium’s capacity is close to 130,000, the GCA allowed only 50 on-site seats to be filled due to coronavirus restrictions.
The series is currently 1-1 after the first two games. England won the opener with eight wickets before the hosts returned to win seven wickets. The third T20I will be played on Tuesday.