Unlike the opening one-day between India and South Africa on Thursday at Dharamshala the place much less turnout of followers is anticipated due to coronavirus scare, organisers in Lucknow are certain of a houseful within the second in the future worldwide at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium on Sunday.
Around 60 confirmed instances of coronavirus have been reported to date within the nation however the UP Cricket Association and the Ekana Sportz City are claiming to have taken all doable measures to let the followers come to the stadium and benefit from the recreation.
“So far all is well here as we have been taking all possible measures to avoid the coronavirus scare. Not only virus detectors, but also sanitisers in pouches will be made available to 50,000-odd fans to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19),” UPCA’s secretary Yudhveer Singh mentioned on Wednesday.
“There is no threat of coronavirus to the match. We have been following all instructions issued by the health organisations, including government agencies. Virus detectors are being installed at all important entries, including those meant for players and officials,” he added. “We will also provide sanitisers to all fans at the entry gates.”
On the difficulty of sluggish ticket sale for the primary-ever ODI within the state capital, Udai Sinha, managing director of the Ekana Sportz City, mentioned that by Tuesday night, round 40-45 % tickets have been bought out.
“Certainly, there are apprehensions among fans about the coronavirus, but I am very much sure of getting a good crowd at the match as there are still four days to go in the match. Most of the tickets are being sold online.”
He, nonetheless, accepted that low turnout of followers would hamper the sport financially. “There are many stakeholders in the match, and the low turnout of fans would affect them financially too,” he mentioned.
The stadium, state’s second worldwide cricket venue after the Green park Stadium in Kanpur, has to date hosted a Twenty20 worldwide recreation between India and West Indies in November 2018, and the Sunday’s match can be the maiden ODI for India on the venue.
The final time Lucknow hosted a world match was in January 1994 when India performed a Test match in opposition to Sri Lanka on the KD Singh ‘Babu’ Stadium.