England vs India: 100% crowd attendance allowed for the Test series

England vs India: 100% crowd attendance allowed for the Test series

Shubman Gill has been ruled of the five-match Test series between England and India starting on August 04.

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Fans in stadium (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Rohit Sharma’s dream to play in front of fans will soon be a reality, as the five-match Test series between India and England will be played in front of a packed crowd. The announcement came after United Kingdom’s president Boris Johnson decided to lift COVID-19 related norms on Monday, June 5. This news certainly comes as s shot in the arm for spectators and passionate crowds who were waiting patiently to finally watch a game of cricket live, albeit with a full house.

The World Test Championship (WTC) Final between India and New Zealand witnessed limited crowds at Southampton, with only 4000 spectators being allowed. But with this brilliant news coming in from Johnson, the crowds of both the countries can now witness the high-octane Test series between two quality sides in England and India.

Earlier, the England Cricket Board (ECB) had also announced to let up to 75% of crowds in for the limited-overs series between England and Pakistan which begins on July 8. But with Johnson stating the Test series between England and India will be played with full capacity, the Indians crowds’ especially those living in the UK will come out in large numbers to cheer for the Men in Blue.

Indian management likely to make few changes during the England series

After the 42-day break, team India gears up to face England in a five-match Test series starting on August 04. Opener Shubman Gill has been ruled out of the series with an untimely injury. This news has come at a wrong time for the 21-year-old youngster and for India, as they were keen to give a longer rope to Gill after his indifferent form. Now, the management is forced to look out for other options with KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal as the backup openers in the squad.

Apart from these two, the team also has a reserve opener in Abhimanyu Easwaran and Hanuma Vihari, who can slot in the middle-order and can be used as an opener too due to his strong and compact technique. With so many options available to choose from, it will be interesting to see who get the chance in the first Test slated to commence on August 4.