India vs England: First two Tests in Chennai to be held behind closed doors

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association released a statement stating that no spectators would be allowed and tickets won't be sold.

Virat Kohli with England Test skipper Joe Root

With India having sealed a famous series win in Australia, all the focus will now shift to the home series against England. India are slated to play four Test matches – the first two in Chennai and the final two in Ahmedabad before a 5-match ODI series with all matches in the same venue as the final two Tests. Finally, there will be a 3-match T20I series in Pune. With just three venues for the 12 matches, the BCCI has eliminated problems with regard to quarantining, bio-bubbles and so on.

The first Test in Chennai will begin on February 5 and both India and England have announced their squads for the Test. The match will be the first international match to be held in India in nearly a year. The IPL which was held from September to November was shifted to the UAE as well. However, unfortunately for fans eager to see the Indian side in action, the first two Tests will be played behind closed doors.

TNCA confirms that no spectator would be allowed

The circular issued by the TNCA

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) confirmed in a press release that no spectator would be allowed inside the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai for the first two Tests. It was stated that the same has been done according to a directive issued by the BCCI as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 pandemic. TNCA further stated that no tickets or badges would be given to members of any association whatsoever.

It however, remains to be seen if spectators would be allowed in Ahmedabad where the final two Tests and all five ODIs are scheduled to be held. The prospect for the same looks unlikely however.

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