The last few months or rather the whole of 2020, has been quite a difficult period for almost everybody across the world! The outbreak of the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus Pandemic, had kept us all under its dull and gloomy hand and even now we haven't returned to normal times but just a small semblance of normalcy. To put it more accurately, we are in the "new normal"! The Corona Virus had been spreading faster than wildfire and there was no way to control it but to impose strict lockdown measures and this was what all the countries did! This meant that there were no public gatherings, sporting events or any such happenings. However, now the lockdown restrictions are being relaxed in phases and Cricket has returned to the world with the successful staging of the world's most followed Twenty 20 tournament - the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Many other sports have also resumed but these are being played inside closed doors, or rather without spectators as the risk of the Virus spreading, has not been completely eradicated yet! However, there is some recent news, which is sure to cheer cricket enthusiasts. Cricket Australia and the Australian government have decided to allow spectators onto the grounds, to watch the matches in the upcoming India-Australia series, which is set to get underway soon! The crowd capacities for the matches between India and Australia have been decided and announced. Crowds will be returning to international cricket for the first time in Australia and New Zealand, after the COVID-19 Pandemic broke out in March! Reports state that permission has been granted for the SCG and Canberra grounds to allow 50% of their capacity, for the limited overs matches that they will be hosting during India's tour of Australia, which starts with the ODIs, on November 27th! 

Sydney will also host the New Year's Test on January 7th, at the same crowd capacity. An earlier announcement had claimed that the aim was for a crowd of 25,000 at the MCG and even now the exact figures have not been confirmed but are expected to be around the 25k mark for the SCG, Gabba and the Adelaide Oval. Canberra is expected to host around 6000 spectators for the final ODI and the first T20I! On the same day that India's tour to Australia starts, their trans-Tasman neighbours New Zealand will host the West Indies, starting off with a T20I series. Though both Australia and NZ hosted other winter sports with spectators from July, this is the first time spectators are being allowed for a men's international cricket game! The Indian players are expected to reach Australia this Thursday after the IPL final gets over today, and will then go through the quarantine and also train within a biosecure bubble, till the series starts! Stay tuned for updates...