MCC statement on England v Pakistan Pilot announcement

Posted: 21 June 2021

Following the recent announcement by the ECB, MCC is delighted that the Royal London Series ODIs and Vitality IT20s against Pakistan and Sri Lanka in June and July will be part of the Government’s Events Research Programme.

This allows capacities to increase from the current restriction of 25%, before the anticipated lifting of all restrictions by the Government on 19 July.

Further details on capacities and spectator arrangements for the men’s ODI between England and Pakistan at Lord’s on 10 July are being worked through with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, ECB as well as Public Health England and our own Safety Advisory Group.

"Our teams are working incredibly hard to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment"

Guy Lavender, MCC Chief Executive & Secretary said: “This is very welcome news for all cricket supporters, and specifically for those with tickets to come to Lord’s on 10 July.

"Our teams are working incredibly hard to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment and we look forward to welcoming as many people as possible to Lord’s for this fixture.

"After the disappointment of summer 2020, this is fantastic news for cricket and paves the pathway back to a return to normality. We are happy to play our part in making this happen and seeing full crowds back again in sports stadia and at other large events”.

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