India vs England, 2nd Test: We are all really excited to have fans back, means a lot to us, says Ajinkya Rahane
Virat Kohli’s deputy Ajinkya Rahane is excited for the second Test against England which will be played in front of the fans at the MA Chidambaram Stadium from Saturday.
India seek revenge against England as crowds return for 2nd Test. (Getty Images)
- The 2nd Test will have 50 percent crowd in attendance at the MA Chidambaram Stadium
- Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane is excited on return of crowd for 2nd Test vs England
- Means a lot to us: Ajinkya Rahane on return of crowd in the second Test vs England
Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane is delighted with the return of a crowd in the second Test as India prepares to emerge from behind closed doors for the first time in over a year in an international match. The Indian team will be aided by the home crowd as they aim to bounce back against England in the second Test.
The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) had announced the protocols for allowing the entry of 15,000 fans for the match, which included not allowing anyone who shows symptoms of Covid-19. The game will mark the return of spectators for an international match in India after the Covid-19 outbreak forced a complete shutdown of sporting activity in March last year. The first Test was played in Chennai without spectators.
The last time crowds were seen in a stadium in the country was 12 months ago, when the Coronavirus pandemic halted all sporting activities not only in India but across the world. India vs England Chennai Test tickets which were made available from February 8 were all sold out in less than an hour.
“We are all really excited to have fans back. It means a lot to us,” Ajinkya Rahane said while speaking in the press conference ahead of 2nd Test vs England.
Items such as binoculars, speakers and musical instrument have been prohibited for the second Test, as well as “bags, jholas, brief cases, radios, laser pointers, digital diaries, laptops, computers, tape recorders, recording devices, binoculars, remote-controlled devices, inflammable material, musical instruments, speakers, professional/video cameras among others.”
The media, which was barred entry for the series opener, will also be allowed to cover the second fixture.