Kolkata to have 75% attendance for India-West Indies T20Is; ODIs to be played behind closed doors

The West Bengal Government has declared that it will allow spectators at 75% stadium capacity for the upcoming three-match T20I series between India and West Indies, to be played at Eden Gardens. The T20Is are scheduled to take place on February 16, 18 and 20.

As per a West Bengal state government notification issued on Monday, ‘all indoor and outdoor sports activities will be allowed with 75 per cent of the capacity of the venue’, which means a crowd of around 50,000 can be expected.

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“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 per cent of the capacity of spectators back to the stadium,” CAB president Avishek Dalmiya said in a statement.

“We feel that it will give a fresh lease of life to the sports persons of the state. After the New Zealand T20I last year, this time too, CAB is confident that it will be able to successfully host the three T20Is against the West Indies in a similar manner,” he added. 

Meanwhile, the three-match One Day Internationals at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad will be played behind closed doors, the Gujarat Cricket Association said in a tweet on Tuesday (February 1).


India cricketers assemble in Ahmedabad

Meanwhile, the entire squad including captain Rohit Sharma have already reached Ahmedabad and are currently undergoing a mandatory quarantine. They are expected to begin training soon.

A couple of youngsters have been picked in the squad, who will look to make a mark at the international arena.

India’s ODI Squad: Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wk), Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohd. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan

India’s T20I Squad: Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Surya Kumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Ravi Bishnoi, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Mohd. Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel.

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