India, England Test series to be played in front of capacity crowd

Filed on July 6, 2021
England played New Zealand last month at the Lord's Cricket Ground. (AFP)

The five-Test series between India and England starts at Nottingham on August 4

The upcoming Test series between India and England is set to be played in front of capacity crowds after the UK government announced the lifting of all Covid-19 restrictions on the gathering of people.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday confirmed that all legal Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, including the mandatory face masks and a limit on the crowd at indoor, outdoor and sports events, will come to an end on July 19.

"We will remove all legal limits on the numbers of meeting indoors and outdoors," Johnson was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

"We will allow all businesses to reopen, including nightclubs. We will lift the limit on the number of visitors to care homes and number of people attending concerts, theatres and sports events," he added.

"We will move away from legal restrictions and allow people to make their own informed decisions about how to manage the virus."

The five-Test series between India and England starts at Nottingham on August 4. Currently, the Indian players are on a break and will reassemble on July 14.

The World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand was played in front of a limited crowd at Southampton last month with the attendance limit capped at 4,000.

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