WB Govt announces 75% attendance at Eden Gardens


IND vs WI T20: Eden Gardens to allow 75% capacity – Team India will play in front of the fans for the first time since the series against England after the West Bengal government allowed 75% for the fans ahead of the IND vs WI series. Eden Gardens will host all three games in February in India’s first assignment back home in the new year. Follow Insidesport.in for all IND vs WI LIVE updates. 

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IND vs WI T20: Good news for Indian fans, West Bengal Government announces 75% attendance at Eden Gardens

The West Bengal government on Monday allowed 75 per cent spectator attendance for the three-match T20I series against the West Indies to be played at Eden Gardens, beginning February 16.

As per a state government notification issued on Monday, “all indoor and outdoor sports activities will be allowed within 75 per cent of the capacity of the venue” which means a crowd attendance of around 50,000 can be expected.

The Kieron Pollard-led West Indies will play three ODIs in Ahmedabad beginning February 6 before coming to Kolkata for the T20I leg.

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

IND vs WI T20: Good news for Indian fans, West Bengal Government announces 75% attendance at Eden Gardens

The CAB last hosted a T20I match against New Zealand in November last year in a bio-secure environment with 70 per cent attendance.

“We feel that it will give a fresh lease of life to the sportspersons of the state. 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,” Dalmiya added.

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IND vs WI T20: Good news for Indian fans, West Bengal Government announces 75% attendance at Eden Gardens

As per the original fixture, the West Indies were slated to play three ODIs in Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Kolkata and three T20Is in Cuttack, Visakhapatnam, Thiruvananthapuram. But due to the rising cases of COVID-19, the BCCI decided to hold the white ball series in two venues of Ahmedabad and Kolkata.

CAB is also looking forward to resuming local cricket tournaments at the earliest following COVID-19 protocols. In fact, CAB has taken proactive steps to vaccinate all the players above the age of 15 years who would be participating in the CAB leagues.

The CAB had already organised an onsite vaccination camp at Eden Gardens recently where the first doses of vaccines were given to players in the age bracket of 15 to 18. The CAB is now making best endeavours to organise another camp so that such players can avail the second doses as well before the commencement of the league.

IND vs WI T20: Good news for Indian fans, West Bengal Government announces 75% attendance at Eden Gardens

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