The remaining three T20Is between India and England in Ahmedabad will be played behind closed doors, the BCCI has confirmed. The recent surge in Covid cases has prompted the cricket board, in consultation with the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA), to take the decision and a communication in this regard has been sent to the England team as well. The five-match T20I series is currently level at 1-1, with the remaining three matches to be played on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

With the three ODIs in Pune that follow the T20I series to be held before empty stands as well, the remainder of England’s tour of India will be played without crowds. It also puts a big question mark over fan attendance in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL), which commences on April 9.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), in consultation with the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA), has decided to conduct the final three T20Is against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium behind closed doors. The decision was arrived at following detailed discussions with the state and local health authorities,” said a BCCI release.

“The BCCI will continue to comply with all the regulations put in place to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus and will always put the health and safety of its fans and stakeholders at the top,” it added.

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