Cricket came back to India after a gap of over 1 year when the Virat Kohli led team faced an up-roaring England, who were fresh from their 2-0 triumph against Sri Lanka. Chennai hosted the first test but the cheering fans were missing from the stands owing to the spread of Covid-19 in the country. However, cricketers from both the teams will get applauded for any influential performance in the second test in Chennai as it has been confirmed that the MA Chidambaram stadium can be filled up to 50 percent capacity.
Another reason for happiness is the opening of three stands for fans which has been a matter of dispute for around 1 decade. However, cheering for your favourite team, one needs to follow some guidelines as directed by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA).
“Strict disciplinary action will be initiated by authorities against all persons violating covid & security protocols,” read the release that was also signed by TNCA secretary RS Ramasaamy.
Here are the guidelines made by TNCA for the spectators-
- Face mask, covering mouth and nose, is mandatory for entry into the stadium and maintain social distancing within the stadium premises at all times.
- Persons showing any symptoms of COVID 19 like Fever, Cough, Cold etc will be denied entry into the stadium.
- Prohibited items include: Bags, jholas, brief cases, radios, laser pointers, digital diaries, laptops, computers, tape recorders, recording devices, binoculars, remote controlled devices, inflammable material, musical instruments, speakers, professional / video cameras, crackers, food and beverage, bottles or any item that could be used as a weapon, cause damage / injury and / or compromise public safety and security.
- Promotional / commercial material, ambush marketing in any form, banners & flags displaying patented commercial logos, which in the Association / Organizer view may conflict with the rights of any Official Sponsor of the match will not be allowed into the stadium.
- Smoking, alcohol and Illegal substances such as narcotics is prohibited.
- Spectators are cautioned not to indulge or display anti-racist, religious, or political activities, foul/abusive/unruly language inside the stadium, that could disturb the game and such persons will be dealt with in accordance to the law.
- Spectators are not to deposit / handover any of their belongings with any Security Guard / Officials or other Personnel at the gates.
- Spectators are advised not to dishonour National Flags or National symbols and those found to do so will be handed over to the Police.
The second test gets underway from 13th February in Chennai.