A cricket match has traditionally included a large number of spectators. There haven’t been many examples of a stadium being completely full during a match in recent years. The Sawai Mansingh (SMS) Stadium, however, is ready to welcome the people back, which is fantastic news for all Jaipur cricket enthusiasts. The COVID-19 outbreak made it extremely difficult for people to attend games in stadiums. With safety as a top consideration, it was preferable for fans to watch their favourite teams and players compete from the comfort of their own homes. However, in recent months, the situation has improved.

In the recent past, there have been several instances of grounds allowing spectators during their matches. Because the number of COVID-19 instances in India was so high, it was even more difficult to see fans in the stands during the games. However, as the situation in India about COVID-19 has eased, fans are expected to return to the grounds to cheer for their teams in the forthcoming series between India and New Zealand.

The SMS stadium in Jaipur has recently been added to the list of venues that are allowing fans to return. “The inaugural Twenty20 International match between India and New Zealand is expected to be completely sold out. On November 17, when India opens their home season with a T20I series against New Zealand in Jaipur, the Sawai Mansingh (SMS) Stadium is expected to be packed to capacity.”

“As the epidemic scenario in Rajasthan improves, the state government has given its go ahead in its letter to the association, allowing 100 percent seating capacity,” said RCA president Vaibhav Gehlot, as quoted by the TOI. Mahendra Sharma, the RCA secretary, also discussed the safeguards that will be followed during the game.

“Masks will be required, thorough sanitization and ventilation in enclosed spaces will be assured, thermal screening will be implemented, and only fully vaccinated spectators will be admitted. Those who have been partially vaccinated must have a negative RT-PCR report that is no more than 48 hours old,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, after losing to New Zealand in the T20 World Cup in 2021, India would hope to make amends by defeating the Kiwis this time. The first episode of this series will air on November 17th. India’s squad for the T20I series against New Zealand has already been revealed.