The Melbourne Cricket Ground during a match in the ICC Crcket World Cup 2015 Credit: Licensed Image

Crowds are all set to return to the international cricket arena, for the Australia vs New Zealand women’s matches later this month. The Allan Border field in Brisbane, where all the matches (three T20Is and three ODIs) have been scheduled, will allow a limited number of cricket fans, with those watching the game keeping their cheering activities to the minimum.

The stadium will be split into six zones, and fans will not be allowed to cross over and move to other ones. Inside the zone, the fans have been recommended to maintain a distance of at least “couple of cricket bats”.

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The attendance for the games has been capped at 50% in line with Queensland Government Covid-19 regulations, which includes everyone in the ground.

All the ticketing and payment activities have been made contactless, and tickets will only be available online. The spectators will swipe in using a mobile device at the time of entry into the stadium, in which the details of the person will be stored in case contact tracing is required.

As soon as the availability of tickets were announced by Cricket Australia on Monday, the tickets for the T20 games already got sold out by the afternoon.

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Cricket Australia have laid out a number of guidelines, which state that there will be “no high fives, autographs or photos permitted with players.”. Cricket Australia has put one very specific recommendation which involves shouting and cheering to cut the risk of any kind of droplet spread. “Try to keep shouting, singing, cheering or celebrating to a minimum to avoid transmission,” the guidelines from Cricket Australia states.

The last international match in Australia to witness a crowd was the Women’s T20 World Cup final at the MCG on March, where more than 86,000 people.witnessed the home side lift the trophy, while the T20I between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe on March 11 was globally the last international match with crowds.

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