India in Australia: Final T20I in Sydney set to be played in front of packed stands

India in Australia: Final T20I in Sydney set to be played in front of packed stands

The final T20I between India and Australia could be played in front of a full house as the New South Wales (NSW) Government looks to lift restrictions on stadiums from December 7.

The three-match ODI series between India and Australia saw the return of spectators in the stadium for the first time since March when international cricket had come to a halt following the coronavirus outbreak. (only 50 percent of the stadium was allowed to be filled).

Outdoor stadiums to be permitted to operate at 100% capacity

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that outdoor stadiums will be permitted to operate at 100% capacity from Monday, according to a Reuters report.

“What we’ve tried to achieve here is a healthy balance of giving people freedom and allowing businesses to flourish, while also maintaining those basic principles of living in a Covid safe way,” Berejiklian was quoted as saying by Reuters.

There have been no new case of Covid-19 reported in the state for three weeks now.

This development means the third and final T20, slated to be played on Tuesday at the Sydney Cricket Ground, can now have a full house.

After the completion of the ODI series, that Australia won 2-1, the teams are set to compete in a three-match T20 series starting Friday.

The opening T20 will be played at Canberra’s Manuka Oval on Friday followed by the second game in Sydney on Sunday.

“A series that has broken records on and off the field deserves a full house and that is exactly what we will have for the final T20 International between the Australian and Indian men’s teams at the SCG on Tuesday, December 8,” CA’s head of fan engagement Anthony Everard is quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.

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