If the third test between India and Australia moves to Melbourne due to strict COVID-19 restrictions in Sydney, the MCG will consider allowing more than the currently allowed 30. 000 spectators here, said site president Stuart Fox on Saturday.
The uncertainty about the New Year’s test, which will start on the 7th. The January 1st at the SCG is due to stricter quarantine rules put in place by Queensland, the host of the fourth test, for people arriving from Sydney due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. MCG is currently hosting the second test and has 30 viewers. 000 limited.
India is expected to start on Nov.. Take his fourth and final test in Brisbane on January 1st. According to current health protocols, the touring site must quarantine itself when taking the third test at SCG.
« I would love it, but we have to do what is right for the community. If the MCG is confirmed to be hosting it, we’ll go back to the government and submit another plan and they’ll take a look, « Fox was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald when asked if audience ratings might increase if the game takes place in Melbourne.
« It’s more important that we take this away safely and re-evaluate it afterwards, » said Fox.
While Fox said the MCG will be ready if necessary, he wants SCG to host the friendly.
« Yes we can, we are ready to go, but I’ve been saying all along we really hope it can stay in Sydney. It’s a very special test, « he said.
« . . . I really hope it gets away in Sydney, but we’re ready, we’re ready to go. There are some challenges involved, but when we are needed we are ready. « Victorian Sports Minister Martin Pakula said his government and health officials were cautious about boxing day test capacity after agreeing to allow an additional 5,000 into the stadium.
« This has always been the case where we have been more conservative numerically. We want to test the processes, « Pakula told the newspaper.
He felt that MCG’s capacity could accommodate a larger crowd, which Cricket Australia doesn’t mind.
« I’m sure Cricket Australia would love to see a slightly larger crowd if they could get it. I think our position on this is let’s wait and see and make a decision about where the test is, « he said.
« If the test was to take place at the MCG, Cricket Australia would come up with a plan. If it’s a slightly higher number, the CHO (Chief Health Officer) needs to assess it, « he added. The SCG test has also been a charity event for the Jane McGrath Foundation over the years.
« The Sydney Test is a very important game. It’s the Jane McGrath Foundation’s donation test, the Pink Test . . . I really hope NSW gets to a position where it can do this test.
« But like Stuart said, if we are needed we are ready to go and if we are needed we will look and see what crowd numbers are out as soon as CA makes that call. « MCG curator Matt Page has advised authorities that he would need 10 days’ notice to ensure that a runner-up was up to the test match standard.
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