Pak vs Eng: Edgbaston ODI can feature as many as 19,000 fans in the stands

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Alex Hales was bowled attempting to sweep, England v Pakistan, only T20, Old Trafford, September 7, 2016. Photo: AFP
Alex Hales was bowled attempting to sweep, England v Pakistan, only T20, Old Trafford, September 7, 2016. Photo: AFP

The third ODI between Pakistan and England will be a spectacle to witness, especially for fans who get to see the action live, as organisers will allow 19,000 fans to attend the Edgbaston clash. 

The day-night contest, scheduled for July 13, has been permitted to host an 80% capacity crowd without social distancing requirements after it was confirmed as one of the government’s pilot events to allow bigger crowds.

Earlier this month, Edgbaston held a pilot event at 70% capacity for England’s second test against New Zealand, accommodating around 60,000 spectators across four days.

“It’s fantastic for sport in the West Midlands that so many cricket fans will be able to enjoy another blockbuster fixture in England versus Pakistan at Edgbaston,” Stuart Cain, chief executive at Edgbaston, said in a statement on Monday.

“The recent test match gave us a fantastic opportunity to build a new model for large-scale sporting events and I’m pleased to see elements of this first trial being carried forward for the Pakistan match.”

All spectators aged 11 or older will be required to show a negative COVID-19 lateral flow test result or proof of a second vaccine dose at least two weeks before the match. 

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