The upcoming Australia-India series will be the first to see fans inside the stadiums since international cricket resumed in July after 117 days due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Virat Kohli’s limited time in Australia could be one of the big reasons behind rapid ticket sales this year (AFP Photo)
- Sydney Cricket Ground and Manuka Oval will host the ODI and T20I series from November 27
- Both stadiums will operate at 50 per cent capacity so that fans can maintain social distancing
- The upcoming games in Australia will be India’s first international assignment in over 8 months
India’s upcoming white-ball series against Australia is already generating a lot of interest among cricket fans and proof of that is in the time for the limited tickets to sell out.
India will face Australia in a series of 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is from November 27. Tickets for five of the six white-ball games sold out in less than 24 hours, with just 2000 seats available for the 1st ODI, after they went on sale on Friday.
The upcoming Australia-India series will be the first to see fans inside the stadiums since international cricket resumed in July after 117 days due to the Covid-19 crisis around the globe.
England hosted the West Indies, Australia and Pakistan over the summer but all the matches were played inside empty stadiums. Even the Indian Premier League 2020 in the United Arab Emirates didn’t allow the entry of fans inside the stadiums in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
But stadiums in Australia were thrown open to the general public in July at limited capacity as part of plans to ease social distancing restrictions due to the relatively low number of corona cases in the continent.
The Sydney Cricket Ground and Manuka Oval, the two stadiums which will host the limited-overs games between Australia and India, will operate at 50 per cent capacity for the series.
The limited-overs leg will be followed by the four Tests at the Adelaide Oval (December 17), Melbourne Cricket Ground (Dec. 26), Sydney Cricket Ground (January 3) and The Gabba in Brisbane (Jan. 15).
Indian captain Virat Kohli will return home to be with his pregnant wife Anushka Sharma after the first Test, which will be the first time these two teams will play against each other in a pink-ball clash.
Kohli’s limited time in Australia could be one of the big reasons behind rapid ticket sales, apart from the intense rivalry which the two teams have developed over the years.