Australian cricket set to be able to welcome crowds |
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The return of spectators to events next month bodes well for the cricket season later in the year |
Crowds appear a certainty at Australian cricket grounds this summer and the case for the T20 World Cup has improved after the federal government's announcement that some venues will be able to host up to 10,000 spectators for sporting events from July.

At the moment the move only applies to grounds with a capacity below 40,000 so excludes the five major Test venues - MCG, SCG, Adelaide Oval, Gabba and Perth Stadium - but would cover some of the smaller grounds used for cricket, including Hobart, the WACA and Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast, and is another positive step as sport continues its comeback in Australia. South Australia and Queensland state governments have also said they plan to reopen their borders in July as domestic travel restrictions are eased.

The move to allow spectators back in reasonably significant numbers raises the likelihood that crowds may be able to attend international cricket and the Big Bash during the summer. It could also boost the chances of the T20 World Cup still taking place in October and…
Andrew Mcglashan, Umar Farooq, Espncricinfo Staff, Andrew Fidel Fernando, Interview Nagraj Gollapudi, Sambit Bal, Nagraj Gollapudi, George Dobell, Kartikeya Date, Matt Roller
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