World's biggest cricket stadium to host India-England Tests
England are slated to play two Tests in the world's biggest cricket stadium when they travel to India next year, but the stands may be empty due to coronavirus restrictions, authorities said Thursday.
The England-India fixtures in the 110,000-seat Sardar Patel Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad will be the first held in the state of the art facility -- so far better known for hosting a mega rally by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump in February.
But authorities in the country with the world's second highest coronavirus caseload will not decide whether the matches will be played in front of spectators until January, a cricket official in Gujarat where the mega-stadium is located, told AFP.
The opening Test will begin on February 5 in Chennai. The second Test will also be held in Chennai, with the final two slated for Ahmedabad.
The Test series between the two nations could become key in deciding which team reaches the World Test Championship final.
The Tests will be followed by five Twenty20 matches and three one-day internationals.