INDvsWI T20I series likely to be played with 75 per cent spectators in Eden Gardens: The upcoming three matches Twenty20 International series between India and West Indies is likely to witness the involvement of the fans. The state government on Monday cleared the Eden Gardens, Kolkata to accommodate 75 per cent of fans for the matches.
The West Indies government on 31st January issued an official notification to allow 75 per cent of fans for all the indoor and outdoor sports activities taking place in the state.
The Kieron Pollard-led West Indies will visit India for three matches ODI series followed by as many matches T20I series, beginning February 16. All three T20I matches will be played in iconic Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
The historic ground has a total seating capacity of 68,000 fans. With a 75 per cent green signal, the total attendance is expected to be around 50,000 for the T20I matches.
“We are thankful to the honourable Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, chief secretary and Government of West Bengal for announcing resumption of sporting activities as well as for allowing 75 percent of the capacity of spectators back to the stadium,” CAB president Avishek Dalmiya said in a statement.
The BCCI originally scheduled all the six limited-overs matches between India and West Indies to be held at six different venues across the country, however, in wake of the covid surge, the cricket board had to make tweaks to the plans.
With revised venues, all the ODI matches will be held in Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium, beginning February 6 and all the T20I matches will be played at Eden Gardens.
Team India has already begun its preparations for the upcoming series against the Caribbean nation. The Indian contingent has arrived in Ahmedabad and will undergo three days quarantine before stepping into the field.
West Indies have also wrapped up their home T20I series against England by defeating the visitors by 3-2 in five matches T20I series.