IND vs SL: Virat Kohli's 100th Test to be not held behind the closed doors, confims Jay Shah


The former all-format skipper of Team India, Virat Kohli is all set to represent India for the 100th time in the longest format of the game on 4th March, Friday in the first Test against Sri Lanka.

In addition to that, the Punjab Cricket Board (PCA) has allowed 50% of the fans to watch Virat Kohli's 100th Test at the Punjab Cricket Stadium in Mohali.

However, over the last three years, the 33-year-old is yet to make the three-digit score who is currently waiting for the one game to get back his prime form which the whole cricket often used to watch.

Besides, Punjab Cricket Board (PCA) treasurer, RP Singla has officially confirmed that BCCI has allowed for 50 percent of fans as he stated, "We got the communication from BCCI about the allowing of fans at 50% capacity for the first Test match between India and Sri Lanka at Mohali starting March 4.

So far, we will allow online sale of tickets from Wednesday onwards as it becomes crowded at the ticket counters at the stadium. Fans will be there to watch Virat Kohli play his 100th Test match and PCA will ensure that all Covid-19 protocols are followed," said RP Singla according to the reports from Timenownews.com.

The decision to allow spectators into the ground: Jay Shah

Virat Kohli

The Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Jay Shah has also confirmed that officially as he said, "The first Test between India and Sri Lanka to be played at the Punjab Cricket Stadium in Mohali will not be held behind closed doors.

The decision to allow spectators into the ground is one taken by the State Cricketing Associations and in the present circumstances, is based on various factors.

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I have spoken with the PCA office bearers and they have confirmed that cricket fans will be able to witness the historic moment of Virat Kohli playing his 100th Test match," Jay Shah was quoted as saying by India Today.

"Based on the advisories by the State Health Authorities fans were able to witness the games in Kolkata and Dharamsala while UPCA had Lucknow T20I without crowds owing to polling a day before the match.

I am really looking forward to Virat Kohli's 100th Test and wish our champion cricketer the very best. This is an occasion for our fans to savour. May he continue to represent the country in many more matches to come," he added.