The second T20I between India and New Zealand, which is set to take place at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on Friday (November 19), has come under scrutiny in what can only be described as a big development. In the Jharkhand high court, a plea has been filed to postpone the match or prohibit the venue’s 100 percent permit.

After obtaining a positive signal from government officials, the Board of Control for Cricket in India approved full occupancy at stadiums, despite the COVID-19 situation in India being relatively stable recently. Advocate Dheeraj Kumar, on the other hand, is dissatisfied with the judgement and wants the match to be rescheduled. In his Public Interest Litigation (PIL), has requested that the match be postponed or that the game be played with half of the stadium’s capacity.

Kumar has questioned the BCCI’s decision to allow games to be played at full capacity during the COVID-19 crisis. He further mentioned that all temples, courts, and other government offices in the state had been operating at half capacity. He asked the court to prohibit the use of the stands at full capacity, citing all of these concerns.

It should be remembered that the Jharkhand government had originally only allowed for a 50% attendance at the stadium for this match. The decision was subsequently overturned, and it was revealed that all of the seats in the venue could be reserved. Meanwhile, we’ll have to wait and watch how this situation plays out.

In terms of the series, India leads the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first game by five wickets at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. It was a nail-biter of a game that went down to the wire, but the Men in Blue came out on top in the end. While batting first, the Kiwis had amassed a score of 164/6.

For the most part, India’s chase went well, with Mumbai Indians’ Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav putting up a fantastic performance. However, the game was extended until the very final over due to the rapid loss of wickets. With only a couple of deliveries remaining, the home team reached the finish line.