Published On: Sat, Jul 11th, 2020

ENG vs WI, 1st Test: Fake crowd noise to be used during the series

New Delhi, July 11, 2020.

Simulated crowd noise and music will be played during the historic 3-Test series between England and West Indies, starting Wednesday, July 8 in Southampton.

While crowds are not going to be part of cricket matches in the near future in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, organisers are looking at options to improve the match atmosphere for players in empty stadiums. Fans will also be able to get closer to in-stadia experience due to the artificial crowd noise, organisers believe.

England and West Indies will play a 3-Test series in Southampton and Manchester between July 8 and 28 marking the return of the international game following the enforced break due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

With fans being banned from attending the matches, England and West Indies players have agreed in principle to allow fake noise and music to be played during the Test series.

Fake noise, altered accordingly to the match situation, to enhance the atmosphere has been introduced in football after the sport restarted in front of empty stands in the wake of the pandemic. Premier League and La Liga have been using video game giant EA Sports’ sound library for the fake crowd noise during the live matches.

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