After the fresh guidelines from the home ministry regarding the 50% crowd attendance at sporting venues, the BCCI and Tamil Nadu Cricket Association would allow crowd at the Chepauk Stadium for the second Test against England.
“There is no time to allow entry of spectators for the first Test starting on February 5 as we only received the government notification on Saturday. You can’t organise entry of spectators at such a short notice,” a senior TNCA official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
But after the latest guidelines, 50% crowd will be allowed for the second Test. The first one will be played at the empty stadium.
“But yes, now with fresh guidelines, there is every possibility that second Test starting from February 14 might have spectators as per notification,” he added.
Earlier it was decided that the first two Tests in Chennai would be behind the closed door and crowd would be allowed for the last two Tests at Motera, Ahmedabad.
“It was always clear that spectators will be allowed at Motera. But now that we have received the guidelines, the planning for the second Test can be reworked,” he said.