Cricket Australia (CA) on Monday confirmed that the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), the venue of 3rd Test will be at 25 per cent capacity for the upcoming Test between India and Australia, beginning January 7.
CA and Venues New South Wales are working together to ensure the safety of fans, staff, players, broadcast partners, and match officials attending the Pink Test on January 7 onwards, with a crowd capacity limited to 25 per cent initially. The match will be re-ticketed.
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To deliver the changes including a revised socially distanced seating plan because of Covid-19, the match will now be re-ticketed. All of the fans who have purchased ticket will receive a full refund, including all associated costs such as ticket insurance.
Nick Hockley, CA’s Interim CEO, said that the safety of everyone associated with the Test would continue to be the utmost priority for the third Test at the SCG after heeding to the advice of NSW Health.
“In response to the public health situation in NSW, we are working closely with Venues NSW and NSW Health to put appropriate biosecurity measures in place for our staff, players, match officials, broadcasters and fans to ensure we play the third Test at the SCG safely,” Hockley said in an official release.
“Reducing the capacity of the venue is crucial in achieving social distancing requirements, and we sincerely thank ticketholders for their patience, as we process refunds today, reconfigure the SCG seating plan to deliver these social distancing measures and go back on sale,” he added.
The cases in northern beaches reached more than 25 and it has put Sydney on high alert. The spike in COVID-19 has forced former pacer Brett Lee, who had also come from Sydney, to head home despite not developing any symptoms. He is heading back home as a precautionary measure.
Since the outbreak of coronavirus, Australia became the first nation to bring back the crowd in the stadium during the ongoing India tour.
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Tony Shepherd, Venues NSW Chair, said that the Sydney Cricket Ground authorities has taken significant measures to ensure the safety of fans attending the third Test.
“There are extensive protocols being enacted for the upcoming Test, including increased cleaning, customer service, and security staff, along with dedicated social distancing marshals,” Sheppard said.
Sydney had witnessed a sudden increase in COVID-19 cases and the fate of the third Test was put in doubt, but Cricket Australia laid all speculations to rest by confirming that the third Test would indeed go ahead as scheduled at Sydney. But the 4th Test at Brisbane is in doubt following India’s unwillingness to abide by stringent quarantine norms at Queensland.