England to Pakistan in the second leg of one-day internationals (ODIs)!
Lord’s Cricket Ground, which has a 30,000 fan capacity, was fully packed in September 2019 before the outbreak of the COVID pandemic. Then, England won against New Zealand in a nail-biting final that was decided by the boundary count rule after the teams tied from the regular game and the super over. The England squad will look to impress their loyal home fans by crushing the Pakistan team in the match to be held on July 10th, 2021.
The first England vs. Pakistan ODI was held on July 8th, 2021 at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. Social distancing protocols were in force, while the ground did not witness full capacity.
This ODI match at the Lord’s has been selected to be part of the second phase of the UK Government’s ERP (Event Research Program). This program aims to study the risk of transmission of COVID during events and to use this feedback to allow fans to attend various events safely.
The Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham has previously been part of the ERP research. The Test series between England and New Zealand held last month were part of this program. The Stadium was at 70% capacity with 17,000 in attendance.
The final match of the England vs. Pakistan ODIs is scheduled for Tuesday, July 13th, at the Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham. According to a statement released by the Warwickshire Cricket Board, Edgbaston Stadium is expected to be at 80% capacity. This match will also be part of the ERP, with 19,000 fans expected to be contained in the stadium bowl and hospitality lounge. Under-16 fans will be allowed, and social distancing rules will not be enforced as part of the research.
However, to enter the Lord’s Cricket Ground, fans over the age of 11 were “required to show either proof of a recent negative flow lateral test, proof of full vaccination or proof of natural immunity as evidenced by results of a PCR test taken within the last six months.” While social distancing will not be enforced, wearing face masks is expected.
The UK Government is planning to relax most of the COVID restrictions on events on July 19th, 2021, and cricket fans are looking forward to the increased freedom.