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Surrey looking into hosting matches at Oval with reduced capacity

The 25,500-capacity ground was set to host a test match between England and West Indies in June before the tour was pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government gave elite sport the green light to return in June behind closed doors but the cricket season, which was suspended in March, will not return until July at the earliest.

“The 25% capacity is something we’ve been looking at… It may end up having to be lower than that,” Gould said.

“There is work ongoing but at a very gentle pace. One of the issues cricket has is we can only play in the summer. Therefore we’d like to understand possibilities of getting fans in later on in the summer. But we’re not going to do anything that doesn’t get full clearance. We’re not going to do anything other than follow government guidelines.”

According to sources, England and Wales Cricket Board is looking at setting up ‘bio-secure’ venues at grounds with on-site hotels in Manchester and Southampton for Pakistan’s visit in August.

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