Ind vs Eng 2nd Test: The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) has put strict measures in place as fans return to the stadium after 12-months hiatus for the second Test between India and England at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday. Players are excited with the return of the crowd. England pacer James Anderson said on Tuesday, they are looking forward to the fans returning as long as all the necessary precautions are taken.
“Since the safety around our bubble at the hotel is so strict, I am sure they are going to take all the right precautions. We look forward to the fans coming in if it is done in a safe way,” Anderson said.
One of the biggest concerns for the authorities is the ball getting touched by fans every time a boundary is hit and then the ball is returned to the field. However, Anderson mentioned that even during the first Test, when there were no fans, the ball was sanitized whenever it was hit over the ropes.
“It is a very safe environment right now. I am sure that will continue for the next three Test matches,” the 38-year-old observed.
Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) secretary RS Ramasaamy said the practice of sanitising the ball will continue. “For the first Test, we had volunteers in all the stands who were returning the ball. Once the ball returned, it was sanitised by the on-field umpires. The player who got his hand on the ball first was also sanitising his hand. That will continue,” Ramasaamy told TOI on Wednesday.
Ind vs Eng: Protocols for the second Test
With only 50% crowd capacity permitted for this Test, fans will be seated in every alternate chair so that social distancing is maintained. “Volunteers will be on toes to check that all the protocols are being followed. If there is trouble, they will inform the authorities and the problem will be dealt with. We will also have a seperate team which will monitor the CCTV footage,” Ramasaamy informed TOI.
If anyone is found flouting the rules, s/he will be issued a warning, however, if it is repeated, they will be evicted from the stadium. Temperature checks, and hand sanitising will be carried out at each of the 17 entrance points to the venue, while face masks are mandatory at all times.
Furthermore, four ambulances will be parked outside the stadium in case of an emergency. “Five medical kiosks have been set up and there will be four ambulances at the ground. We have a medical room with a doctor and an isolation room too. If we find people coughing or sneezing after they enter the stadium, we will move them to an isolation room. We will make sure they get medical attention and are moved out,” the TNCA office-bearer said.