Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison hinted that Australia are looking for ways to welcome 10,000 spectators to the stadium starting July in a final bid to prepare themselves to host the T20 World Cup in October-November and the Test series against India after that.
The ICC is likely to decide the fate of the World Cup in July as their latest release stated, a postponement that came after much deliberation owing to the improving pandemic situation in Australia.
The stadium capacity will also play a role and the grounds with below 40,000 seats will be allowed to welcome 10,000 fans, according to Morrison. This leaves out some iconic Australian grounds like the MCG, SCG and Adelaide Oval.
“This is going to be looked at over the next few weeks. For the larger ones (venues) I would venture that it would be the subject of a discrete approval for each venue that would be worked out with the Chief Health Officer in each state or territory,” Morrison was quoted as saying by ‘ESPNCricinfo’.
“So by the time you get into July there may be that type of opportunity for the rules that apply to those under 40,000 carry over to those above 40,000. These will be practical, commonsense issues, work through by the medical expert panel over the next few weeks and I think they will give a great instruction.”
Australia is now among the least affected countries with just over 7000 infections being reported till date.
“When you’re up above 40,000, you’ve got more than 10,000 people going to a gathering, that has implications for the egress and access of and to those premises, public transport crushes, all those sorts of things,” he explained. “That will require much more significant work,” Morrison added.