BCCI’s ‘Gift’ to Virat Kohli in 100th Test, Mohali Test will be played in the presence of spectators

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Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday allowed 50 per cent visitors for the first Test between India and Sri Lanka at the PCA Stadium in Mohali, starting March 4. The 100th match of the first Test against Sri Lanka will also be there. Sachin Tendulkar (200), Rahul Dravid (163), VVS Laxman (134), Anil Kumble (132), Kapil Dev (131), Sunil Gavaskar (125), Dilip Vengsarkar (116), Sourav Ganguly (113), Ishant Sharma ( 105), Harbhajan Singh (103) and Virender Sehwag (103), Kohli will become the 12th Indian to play 100 Tests. In such a situation, BCCI’s decision is welcome news for those spectators, who will get a chance to watch Kohli’s 100th Test from the stands. A section of fans took to social media to express their disappointment over not allowing spectators for the first match. Notably, the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) confirmed last week that the first Test in Mohali will be played without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic. PCA treasurer RP Singla told The Indian Express, “We have heard from the BCCI about allowing spectators with 50 per cent capacity for the 1st Test match between India and Sri Lanka in Mohali starting from March 4. . We will allow online sale of tickets from Wednesday as it gets crowded. Fans will be present at the ticket counters in the stadium to watch Virat Kohli play his 100th Test match and the PCA will ensure that all COVID-19 protocols are followed. Kohli, who made his Test debut against West Indies at Kingston in 2011, has scored 7962 runs in 99 red-ball matches. Earlier, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar had said that Kohli’s absence from the audience in the 100th Test is disappointing. He, however, called it a decision taken in the larger interest.

[Attribution to NBT]

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