The Board For Control Of Cricket In India (BCCI) has allowed the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) to allow crowds during the third T20I between India and West Indies. Last month, the Government of Bengal had allowed for 75 percent crowds for the T20I series between the teams. However, the BCCI had not given any permission to the CAB to sell tickets in wake of the Omicron variant of COVID19 disease, which emerged last month.
Both teams have played the ODI series earlier this month without crowds in Ahmedabad. India clean-swept the West Indies for the first time in that series. The three-match T20I series will be played in Kolkata on February 16, 18 and 20. The first two games will be played with limited crowds in the hospitality area and Club House Upper Tier while the last one will include the larger crowds.
The CAB had requested the BCCI to allow crowds for the upper blocks for the stadium ahead of the first game. However, the BCCI permitted for the third and final game of the series.
“As discussed with other OB, as per your request, you can open up for the last T20 match against West Indies at Eden,” BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has emailed to CAB chief Avishek Dalmiya confirmed a report published in Indian Express.
Meanwhile, in the visitor’s camp, limited-overs skipper Kieron Pollard is fit to lead the team at the Eden Gardens. Pollard, after getting fit, said that the team is clear on which things they needed to work on.
“It’s down to execution,” Pollard asserted. “That’s the conversation we’re having. Being precise in what to do and being as accurate as possible. We’re clear and have worked on specific things in the nets. Skill-sets of the group are different. One thing you can be rest assured of, we have put in the work to get it right.”