Cricket Australia increased the spectators limit for the Boxing Day Test, Melbourne.
Cricket Australia increased spectators limit: The iconic Australian Cricket Stadium will host the fans for the first time since the last T20I game in Match. Australia on Thursday confirmed the increase in the limit of spectators during the boxing day test against India.
Earlier, Australia becomes the first nation to host a cricket match with fans cheering for the teams after the tough times of Covid-19. The Australia cricket authority allowed a limited number of fans depending on the ground and seating capacity.
However, Melbourne was all set to accommodate 25,000 fans as per the previous statements by CA, it has now raised to 30,000 fans per day for the Boxing Day Test
The game was to be restricted to 25,000 fans per day but Victoria Sports Minister Martin Pakula confirmed the increment in the seating capacity on Social Media. According to the Sports Minister, Martin Pakula Southern state has not recorded any Covid-19 case for 41 days and they are ready to increase the cap.
Total Number of Fans Allowed Per Ground:
1st Test, Adelaide, Oval ( 17 December – 21 December): 27,000 fans per day will be allowed. 50% of its total sitting capacity.
2nd Test, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Boxing Day Test (26 December – 30 December): 30,000 fans will be watching live-action per day. Over 25% of MCG’s total capacity.
3rd Test, Sydney Cricket Ground (7 January – 11 January): 23,000 fans will be hosted at SCG per day. Which is almost 50% of its total capacity.
4th Test, Brisbane’s Gaba (15 January – 19 January): Gaba will host the most, 30,000 fans per day. Which is 75% of its total capacity.
Australia and India will play a four-game Test series starting December 17. The series will be of huge importance as the points will be counted in the ICC World Test Championship. Australia has stepped up from India after the induction of new rules to determine the position in the points table rankings.
India will be keen on regaining the top spot. While it will be a challenge for India as skipper Virat Kohli will be leaving Australia after the first test for the birth of his child.
Meanwhile, Australia is also backstepped by the injuries concerns. Opener David Warner is ruled out of the first test game due to lack of match fitness while young Will Pucovski was retired hurt in the first practice game against India “A”.