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English Cricket Chiefs Hopeful Of Increased Crowds

After being designated as a British government test event, England’s one-day international series versus Sri Lanka is expected to draw greater crowds than expected.

Free From Current Severe Limits

The specific numbers involved were not disclosed in an England and Wales Cricket Board statement, but matches at Durham, the Oval in London, and Bristol next week will be free from the current severe limits placed on outdoor events following the coronavirus outbreak.

17,000 Fans Allowed To Watch

More than 17,000 fans were allowed in daily for a Test match against New Zealand at Edgbaston in Birmingham, and England has already participated in one such pilot event.

“Events Research Program”

The following white-ball series against Pakistan, which has traditionally drawn large crowds when spectators are permitted into their matches in England, is also expected to be included in the government’s plans, “Events research program,” but for the time being, the Sri Lanka fixtures are the most important.

“We will continue to do everything we can to bring as many people as possible back watching live sport and cultural events as safely and swiftly as possible,” said Oliver Dowden, the UK Government’s culture and sports secretary.

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