England have landed in India to play the upcoming four-match Test series. The bilateral matches mark the resumption of international cricket in India after the action was stopped following the Covid-19 outbreak last year in March.
The third match of the Test series will be played held at Ahmedabad’s Motera stadium, with the first two scheduled in Chennai. Motera is the largest cricket stadium in the world in terms of seating capacity.
As per a report in Indian Express, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is looking to invite PM Narendra Modi to the venue of the third match.
The Motera stadium can accommodate 1,10,000 people. However, it is highly unlikely that the state government will allow the 100% capacity considering the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to a BCCI source, the board is thinking of filling up 50 percent of the Motera stadium.
“As the seating capacity is more than a lakh, the GCA can easily accommodate 50 percent crowds for the third and fourth Tests. The Government has allowed sports stadiums to run with 50 percent capacity so it has been decided to allow fans for the matches in Ahmedabad. The media will also be able to cover the game from the stadium,” an Indian Express source told the paper.
Apart from the PM, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju could also be invited.