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India vs England T20 series to move behind closed doors after spike in Covid cases

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The final three matches of England’s T20 series against India in Ahmedabad will be played behind closed doors after a spike in Covid-19 cases in Gujarat. 

The final three Tests and first two T20s of England’s tour have taken place with varying numbers of fans in the ground. 

The official attendance at Sunday’s Second T20 was 66,352 at the Narendra Modi Stadium, the world’s newly-minted largest cricket ground. 

But the games on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday that complete the series will be played with no fans in the ground. 

Dhanraj Nathwami, the Vice President of the Gujarat Cricket Association, announced the news on Twitter, saying the decision had been made in conjunction with the Board of Control for Cricket in India “due to rise in the number of Corona cases”. 

Refunds will be issued to those with tickets. 

A statement from the BCCI said: “The decision was arrived at following detailed discussions with the state and local health authorities. 

“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.” 

The series is currently tied at 1-1, with England having gotten off to a flyer with a comprehensive victory in the first match before India hit back on Sunday. 

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