While there are no fans allowed anywhere in professional sport at the moment because of the coronavirus pandemic, Cricket Australia is planning to allow a handful of fans for the upcoming Boxing Day Test match next month.
India tour of Australia will mark the beginning of an international summer down under and given the fact that both teams have played very little cricket since the lockdown, the anticipation for this series is quite high.
Australia is one of those countries which have dealt with the pandemic far better than the rest of the world and they have now lifted the lockdown as well in Victoria where the Boxing Day Test match will be played.
It has been decided that 25 thousand spectators will be allowed into the stadium for every day of the Boxing Day Test match. It will probably be the first time after the worldwide lockdown that the spectators will be allowed in a cricket game.
Boxing Day Test match has traditionally always been an eye catching game as it takes place just a day after Christmas and always registers high attendance at the MCG. Generally, close to 90 thousand people attend the first day of the Boxing Day Test match.
The number will be significantly lower this time around as compared to the numbers that are generally registered, but 25 thousand is still a good number as there are many stadiums around the world whose full capacity is less than 25 thousand.
This is after a gap of 2 years that India is touring Australia for a Test match series. The last time they toured down under, they won their first ever series on the Australian soil.
It won’t be easy to replicate that this time around as the Australian team now has the services of Steve Smith and David Warner who were unavailable when the last Test series between India and Australia took place.