India vs Australia: SCG boss insists 3rd test will be safe as COVID-19 looms | Cricket News

SYDNEY: Amid fears that the Sydney Cricket Ground hosting the third test between India and Australia could trigger a spike in Covid-19 cases, Tony Shepherd, president of New South Wales Venues, backed the decision to allow fans to watch the long-awaited pink test.
Plans to participate up to 50% of the site’s capacity in the Sydney Test have raised concern among health experts, who fear it will further contribute to a virus outbreak that has since spread to Victoria. The state responded on Thursday by announcing it would completely close its border with New South Wales on Friday at 11:59 p.m., the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Under current NSW Health restrictions, a daily crowd of around 19,000 people can attend the test when it begins on January 7.
“It’s not like a million people are moving around Sydney Harbor on New Years Eve. It’s a whole different environment. We wouldn’t let a crowd in if we thought it was dangerous. haven’t had a single transmission between fans at a stadium since COVID-19 hit the scene, ”Shepherd said as quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald.
“We have strict protocols in place, we check where people are coming from, we get the QR codes, we have social distances, we have a lot of security, people cannot mix in the stadium and have to. think we have a very safe stadium and we wouldn’t open it if we didn’t think it wasn’t. We wouldn’t want to have that on our head, ”he added.
India tied the four-game series on Tuesday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the victory also brought the visitors one step closer to the Test World Championship final.
Cricket Australia confirmed on Tuesday that the Pink Test between Australia and India will remain at the Sydney Cricket Ground as scheduled.
“The decision to keep the New Year’s test in its traditional location was taken after several days of meetings that examined the impacts of the recent COVID-19 outbreak on the beaches of northern Sydney,” Cricket Australia said in a report. communicated.