The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) have decided to allow a 50% audience for the second Test between India and England scheduled to be held at Chennai’s M A Chidambaram, PTI quoted a top TNCA official as saying on Monday.

The issue was brought forward for discussion by TNCA members, after fresh guidelines regarding COVID-19 as well as surrounding regulations on public movement and entry of spectators into sports venues came up.

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"We discussed the issue of allowing spectators for the second India vs England Test following fresh COVID-19 guidelines by the Central government permitting crowds at sporting venues and also the state government's SOPs given on Sunday. It has been decided by the BCCI and TNCA to allow 50 per cent spectators for the second Test by following all safety protocols," the TNCA official said.

He also added that the media would be allowed to cover the match from press boxes, but press conferences would be held virtually.

Reportedly, the decision was finalised after a meeting between the national and state cricketing authorities.

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The M A Chidambaram stadium has a capacity of hosting about 50,000 spectators.

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Reportedly, insisting upon the fact that there existed a time constraint in allowing a crowd for the first Test, the official said that they were particularly confident about allowing spectators for the second Test while keeping up with the COVID-19 safety norms, despite the gap between the two matches being a mere three days.

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The first Test between India and England is slated to start on Friday, while the second one will be beginning on February 13.

Crowds have already been allowed in the third and fourth Tests, scheduled to take place in Ahmedabad.

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