In a world scarred by the COVID-19 pandemic, the limited overs series between Australia and India saw the return of spectators.
The Boxing Day Test scheduled to be played between December 26 to 30 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was earlier restricted to 25 per cent of the total capacity crowd — about 25,000 fans a day.
However, the decision to increase the cap to 30,000 was made after the state went past 40 days without a new COVID-19 case.
“We’re so excited to be able to welcome so many fans to the MCG in what’s been such a challenging year for Victorians! #AUSvIND,” Cricket Australia tweeted.
We’re so excited to be able to welcome so many fans to the MCG in what’s been such a challenging year for Victorian… https://t.co/41SL81HHb7
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) 1607572884000
The much-anticipated four-Test series is scheduled to begin from December 17 in Adelaide.
The Adelaide Test will be the only five-day game which India skipper Virat Kohli will feature in before he returns to be with his actor wife Anushka Sharma for the birth of their first child in early January.
It will be the first ever Pink Ball Test the two sides play against each other and will have 50 per cent of the total capacity of the crowd.