IND vs ENG: 2nd test in Chennai with 50 percent fans, Tamil Nadu board confirms

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The first test between India and England will be played behind closed doors, while the second test starting on Feb. 13 will be attended by 50 percent, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) secretary confirmed Tuesday. The first two games of the four-game test series will be played in Chennai at MA Chidambaram Stadium before the cricketers move to Ahmedabad for the third and fourth tests. The first test will be played from Friday, while the second is scheduled for February 13th.

Speaking with ANI, TNCA Secretary RS Ramasaamy said the association has received final approval from the BCCI to allow fans to participate in the second game of the Test series.

“We will have a 50 percent audience for the second test,” he said.

On Monday, a BCCI official confirmed that fans are allowed to enter the Motera stadium for the third and fourth tests between India and England.

In a conversation with ANI, a BCCI official confirmed that fans are allowed to come for the test matches in Motera.

When asked if Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be invited to the first test match at the renovated Motera stadium, the BCCI official replied in the affirmative.

On Monday, English spinner Jack Leach said the Joe Root-led squad would love to play in front of the public in the upcoming Test series against India.

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“We will certainly want to play in front of an audience, that’s for sure, but it has to be safe, of course we don’t want to contribute to a problem that affects the whole world. If it’s safe and good then it is. Great. We would love to play in front of large crowds as soon as possible, ‚ÄĚLeach said during a virtual press conference.

Meanwhile, the Indian cricket team finally started their net session on Tuesday. Head coach Ravi Shastri welcomed the whole squad by giving a rousing speech, after which the entire team hit the nets to prepare for the series.

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