The upcoming 5-match Test series between India and England will be played in front of the full capacity crowd after UK President Boris Johnson announced that Covid -19 restrictions will be eased out, adding that limit on the number of people attending concerts and sports events will be uplifted from mid-July.
The last year and a half have been pretty rigid for the cricket fraternity. We have seen several tournaments getting postponed, most of the games were played behind closed doors and players were confined to the secure bubbles. It was just not what we expected but was the need of the hour. However, the game seems to be returning to normalcy.
“We’ll move away from legal restrictions and allow people to make their own informed decisions about how to manage the virus,” Sky Sports quoted British PM as saying. “From step four we will remove all legal limits on the numbers meeting indoors and outdoors. We will allow all businesses to reopen, including nightclubs, we will lift the limit on named visitors to care homes and the numbers of people attending concerts, theatre, and sports events,” he added
Apart from few games, the cricket matches have been played either behind closed doors or with restricted numbers of people due to the pandemic. However, the recent development will definitely bring a sigh of relief to cricket fans across the globe.
The Indian team is currently on a break and will return to action with a warm-up match on July 20. India and England will cross swords in the first Test on August 4 in Nottingham. Ahead of the series, India have been dealt with a huge blow as opener Shubman Gill has been ruled out of the series due to injury.