The Project panellist Steve Price has blasted the NSW Government’s decision to go ahead with the third Test at the SCG with fans as ‘madness’ despite the state recording zero Covid cases on Monday.
On Monday, it was announced the SCG will be reduced to 25 per cent crowd capacity for this week's cricket Test as acting NSW acting Premier John Barilaro urged regional NSW residents to reconsider attending the match.
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Cricket Australia (CA) and the SCG Trust have announced the change amid growing unease about Sydney's Covid-19 outbreak.
The new settings for the third Test against India are expected to allow for about 10,000 fans each day, down from the previous figure of about 20,000.
This is despite medical experts calling for the state government and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to rethink the crowd numbers and protocols ahead of the Sydney Test.
Venues NSW CEO Kerrie Mather appeared on The Project and claimed: “We’ve hosted more than 20 events during the COVID period and welcomed more than 150,000 people through our gates without a single incident of transmission.”
But Price appeared to take exception to this comment and labelled the decision to go ahead with the much-anticipated clash with fans as “madness”.
“Well, good luck with that. You’re going to let people go to the cricket,” he said.
“I think they should have no one at the Test Match. Play the Test for the broadcasters, but that’s madness having a crowd in there.”
Barilaro “confident” with SCG Test safety
The Project Host Lisa said many people agreed with Price.
Later on the show, Acting Premier Barilaro joined and said he was “confident” the Test could go ahead.
“Look, we said from the outset that we would be working through our health officials with the SCG and Cricket Australia and to find the final outcome and we’ve had some spikes in an area of Sydney that bothers us and that worries us,” he added.
“We have decided to work with the SCG Trust and we will work to see if there is any movement after that.”
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