Sourav Ganguly is often credited for changing the face of Indian cricket after a match-fixing scandal.

Sourav Ganguly, the BCCI President, has finally reacted to Virat Kohli’s 100th Test match. Confirming that fans will be allowed for the historic game, Ganguly said that he spoke to state association and there will be no restrictions. Earlier, the first Test of the series against Sri Lanka in Mohali was supposed to be played behind the closed doors.

The match will start on March 4. “Virat Kohli’s 100th Test will have fans as we have asked the state association to make the arrangements according to state government directives,”Ganguly told ANI.

“I personally spoke to PCA president Rajinder Gupta and the fans will be allowed as per government norms. There will be no restrictions,” he added.

Right after Ganguly’s statement, Punjab Cricket Association Treasurer RP Singla confirmed that Mohali Test will have a 50 percent crowd.

Moreover, secretary Jay Shah also expressed happiness at the outcome and is looking forward to the match.

“The first Test between India and Sri Lanka to be played at the Punjab Cricket Stadium in Mohali will not be held behind closed doors. The decision to allow spectators into the ground is one taken by the State Cricketing Associations and in the present circumstances, is based on various factors. I have spoken with the PCA office bearers and they have confirmed that cricket fans will be able to witness the historic moment of Virat Kohli playing his 100th Test match.”

“While we started off the West Indies Tour of India behind closed doors, the encouraging dip in COVID-19 cases allowed the hosting associations to permit crowds. Based on the advisories by the State Health Auhtorities fans were able to witness the games in Kolkata and Dharamsala while UPCA had Lucknow T20I without crowds owing to polling a day before the match.”

“I am really looking forward to Virat Kohli’s 100th Test and wish our champion cricketer the very best. This is an occasion for our fans to savour. May he continue to represent the country in many more matches to come.”

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