Plans to bring spectators back for England’s third Test against West Indies at Old Trafford are SCRAPPED after talks between the ECB and the Government with officials eyeing a domestic game for trial event
- Fans will not be returning to international cricket yet after Government talks
- There were plans to allow spectators for England’s final Test against West Indies
- But proposals for a small crowd at Old Trafford in late July have been scrapped
- Officials want to use domestic cricket for a trial event with supporters back
The Government have vetoed an ambitious plan to trial the return of spectators at next week’s third Test match between England and the West Indies at Old Trafford.
Sportsmail has learned that talks involving the ECB, Lancashire and officials at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have taken place over the last few days about admitting a small crowd for the final match of the series between July 24-28, but the proposed plan will now not take place.
As a result, racing is set to become the first sport to welcome back punters since lockdown with officials in advanced talks with the Government about a crowd of around 5,000 being permitted at Glorious Goodwood in the final week of July, as Sportsmail revealed last week.
Fans will not be allowed to return for England’s third Test against West Indies at Old Trafford
Racing is set to be the first sport to welcome back spectators following Covid-19 pandemic
Under the terms of the racing proposal, bookmakers would also be allowed on the course for the first time since March.
The Government’s stance on cricket is that they want a trial event to take place at a domestic game first, so there is little prospect of spectators being allowed at next month’s Test series between England and Pakistan either.
England lost the first series to West Indies at the Ageas Bowl and are looking to complete a turnaround at Emirates Old Trafford to win the Wisden Trophy.
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