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India vs New Zealand T20Is: Cricket Fans Must Have First Vaccine Dose To Enter Stadiums in Jaipur, Ranchi

India take on New Zealand in the first T20I in Jaipur on November 17.

India take on New Zealand in the first T20I in Jaipur on November 17.

The three match T20I series begins on November 17 with the first T20I match in Jaipur.

Respective state associations have announced crowd protocols ahead of the India vs New Zealand T20I series which begins on November 17 in Jaipur. The Rajasthan Cricket Association which runs the venue has said that fans will only be allowed if they have at least one dose of vaccine.

“Guidance was sought from the Home Department of the state government on entry of spectators in the match while also complying with COVID-19 protocols. Rajasthan Cricket Association has got permission in this regard by the department for the entry of spectators in the match,” RCA secy Mahendra Sharma said.

He added that fans without the second dose of vaccine will only be admitted if they can furnish a negative RT-PCR Test reports not older than 48 hours before the match. “To discuss various issues and tasks related to preparations before the organisation of the match, a meeting of the Organising Committee constituted for the organisation of match will be held on November 10 at 4 PM at RCA academy,” he added.

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Similarly Ranchi fans will also have to show negative RT-PCR proof. However, it won’t be a full house as only fifty percent of the crowd will be allowed. Earlier this year, Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad was thrown open to the public when England came calling for a four match Test series and a five match T20I series. Later the Gujarat Cricket Association asked the fans to enjoy the game from their homes with an impending fear of a second Covid-19 wave which eventually came a month later.

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first published:November 10, 2021, 18:04 IST