BCCI confirmed that the last three T20I matches between India and England will be played in closed doors

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After consultation with Gujarat Cricket Association, BCCI confirmed in a statement on Monday that the remaining matches between India and England will be played in the absence of spectators.

The remaining three T20I matches to be played behind closed doors, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed in a press release on Monday.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in consultation with the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) has decided to conduct the final three T20Is against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium behind closed doors. The decision was arrived at following detailed discussions with the state and local health authorities,”

BCCI revealed in a press conference on Monday.

“The BCCI will continue to comply with all the regulations put in place to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus and will always put the health and safety of its fans and stakeholders at the top.

”Those who have purchased tickets for any or all three T20Is will be refunded and the process for the same will be announced in due course,”

added the release.

Gujarat Cricket Association issued a statement which said that due to an increase in Covid-19 cases, the remaining T20I matches between India and England will be played at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad in the absence of the crowd. 

Refunds of the tickets will be made shortly to the spectators who have bought the tickets, confirmed by Dhanraj Nathwani, vice president of GCA.

He also said that those who have received complimentary tickets should not come to the stadium in the remaining matches.

The first two T20I’s were held under the presence of a 50% crowd in the stadium capacity. However, with the stadium capacity of 1.32 lakh, the spectators were present in a significant amount.

The last three matches are going to be held on March 16, 18 and 20. As of yet, the five-match T20I series is levelled on 1-1 after India won the second T20I match on Sunday after losing the first one. 

Before that, the last three Test matches were played in the presence of the crowd after the first Test being played in Chennai under closed doors.