Cricket Australia, the MCG and the Victorian government are discussing the Boxing Day Test hosting a larger crowd, as the state recorded its 40th COVID-19-free day, with “a natural deadline” looming within days for ticket sales to begin.
Victorian Sport Minister Martin Pakula said on Wednesday morning that Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton would have the final say on whether the crowd size would be increased for the second Test of the blockbuster Australia-India series, as Cricket Australia needed a final crowd figure to begin ticket sales for Test which starts on December 26.
“The natural deadline is that Cricket Australia would love [tickets] to go on sale in the next couple of days so that ultimately becomes a de facto deadline in that they want to know how many tickets they can put on sale,” Mr Pakula told reporters.
Asked if the crowd limit could be raised to up to 35,000 per day, Mr Pakula responded: “Yes, there is a possibility. Ultimately, it’ll be in the hands of the Chief Health Officer; it would come as no surprise to you to know that Cricket Australia would like more if they could get more.