Remaining India-England T20Is to be played behind closed doors due to COVID outburst

Last Modified Tuesday, 16 March 2021 (12:28 IST)
Ahmedabad:The remaining three T20Is between and will be played behind closed doors at Narendra Modi Stadium here due to increasing number of COVID-19 cases, the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) said on Monday.
The GCA confirmed that refund will be given to the spectators who have purchased tickets for the games.
"Due to rise in number of Corona cases, we at GCA have decided in consultation with BCCI, the matches will be played (behind) closed doors and not allow the spectators in the ground during T20 internationals to be played between India and England at Ahmedabad," GCA vice-president Dhanraj Nathwani said in a statement.
 
"We will form the policy for refund of money to the spectators, who have already purchased the tickets for these three T20s. Those who have received complimentary tickets are requested not to visit the stadium," he added.
 
The refurbished stadium at Motera, Ahmedabad has a capacity of 1,10,000, out of which Gujarat Cricket Association had allowed 50 per cent attendance. According to reports, the first two games saw crowds of 67,200 and 66,352 respectively.
 
The series is currently level 1-1 and the remaining three matches will be played on March 16, 18 and 20. On Sunday, 26,294 new cases of coronavirus infections were detected in India.(UNI)