India vs Australia T20 series: India vs Australia third and final T20 at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) could be the first full house for a cricket match this year after the New South Wales (NSW) Government lifted restrictions on stadiums.
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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Wednesday said outdoor stadiums would be allowed to operate at 100% capacity from Monday as the eastern state eases social distancing restrictions following three weeks without a new case of COVID-19.
“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 told reporters.
Notably, Australia, after clinching the ODI series, are set to play three-match T20I series against Virat Kohli and co. starting from Friday and the third and final Twenty20 of the series will take place at the 48,000-seat Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
Also, the opening T20 at Canberra’s Manuka Oval on Friday and the second match at the SCG on Sunday sold out quickly last month after being capped at half-capacity.
The easing of crowd caps in NSW will be welcomed by Cricket Australia, which said in October biosecurity measures and crowd restrictions could punch a A$120 million ($88 million) hole in its 2021 finances.
The SCG will also host the third Test of the four-match series against India in January.
A crowd of 49,155 cheered Queensland to victory over New South Wales in the State of Origin rugby league match in Brisbane last month, a world record stadium attendance for a sporting event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.