The first India-Sri Lanka Test match in Mohali will now be open to spectators, who will be allowed to fill the PCA Stadium to 50% capacity.
The match – which is set to be Virat Kohli’s 100th Test – was initially scheduled to be played behind closed doors due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Three days before the start of the match, however, the BCCI has confirmed that spectators will be allowed to attend it.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a statement “The decision to allow spectators into the ground is one taken by the State Cricketing Associations and in the present circumstances, is based on various factors”.
The third wave of the pandemic peaked in January in India, and the three-match ODI series against West Indies in early February was played behind closed doors in Ahmedabad.
The T20I leg of the series in Kolkata, however, was opened up to crowds, as were the second and third T20Is against Sri Lanka in Dharamsala.