Extra followers admitted to England video games towards Sri Lanka and Pakistan

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The oval will host England against Sri Lanka on July 1st

Some of England's international matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan in June and July will be played with increased ground capacities.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that selected matches will be part of the UK government's event research program (ERP).

The ERP focus is initially on England's one-day games against Sri Lanka in Durham, The Oval and Bristol.

It is assumed that stadiums for the games can be up to 50% full.

The number of spectators for games in England has been set at a maximum of 25% or 10,000, whichever is lower, since May 17th.

England's Twenty20 games against Sri Lanka at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on June 23rd and 24th and at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on June 26th will not be included in the ERP.

Details of the arrangements for the Pakistan series, which kicks off on July 8 with a day-long game in Cardiff, will follow after further talks between the ECB, the UK government and local actors.

Minister of Culture Oliver Dowden said: “The summer will be all about cricket and I'm excited to add England's upcoming ODI and T20 series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan to our groundbreaking ERP.

“Thanks to our huge rollout of vaccines and the massive adoption of the NHS app, we will be able to welcome a much larger number of cricket fans back to Durham, Bristol and The Oval.

"We will continue to do everything we can to see as many live sports and cultural events as possible again as safely and as quickly as possible."

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