Green signal for crowd in Australia-India series
The fans are set to return in Australia as the hosts take on India in the summer. The ground capacities have been confirmed for the venues.
Sydney Cricket Ground, Manuka Oval, Adelaide, Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Gabba will host 10 international matches through November 2020-January 2021.
The three ODIs and as many T20Is will be hosted across Sydney and Manuka Oval in Canberra. Manuka Oval will be allowed to accommodate 6000 fans in the final ODI and the first T20I.
The host for the first of the four Tests, Adelaide Oval, will see up to 27000 fans which is 50% of the capacity. The match will be a day-night clash after which Indian captain Virat Kohli is set to depart on a paternal leave.
SCG will also be allowed to accommodate 50% of the capacity, which is 27000, for the third Test. The fourth and final Test will be played at the Gabba in Brisbane. Gabba will see a maximum of 30000 fans, 75% of the total capacity.
The 100000-seated MCG will be permitted 25000 fans for the Boxing Day Test, second of the series. However, the number is likely to increase.
The tickets for the blockbuster Australia vs India series are on sale. Cricket Australia interim CEO Nick Hockley has said CA is working closely to ensure everyone’s safety.
“We have chosen to keep both entry level tickets and premium tickets at the same price as the last time the Indian men’s team toured Australia, with the aim of making sure the series is as accessible and affordable as possible,” Hockley said.
“State governments in each host city are providing phenomenal support and we are working closely with them to determine venue capacities and biosecurity requirements that place everyone’s safety as the priority.”
Australia vs India 2020-21 fixtures:
November 27: 1st ODI at SCG
November 29: 2nd ODI at SCG
December 2: 3rd ODI at Manuka Oval
December 4: 1st T20I at Manuka Oval
December 6: 2nd T20I at SCG
December 8: 3rd T20I at SCG
December 17-21: 1st Test (D/N) at Adelaide Oval
December 26-30: 2nd Test at MCG
January 7-11: 3rd Test at SCG
January 15-19: 4th Test at the Gabba