IPL 2021: UAE venues to have fans in limited capacity
The IPL 2021 is all set to resume in the UAE from Sunday. Meanwhile, the local government has allowed crowds to return to the venues in a limited capacity during the tournament.
The 2021 Indian Premier League is all set to resume from Sunday in the United Arab Emirates. The tournament would be a brief warm-up for the participating players, who would also participate in the upcoming ICC World T20 at the gulf from October 17.
IPL 2021 was initially held in India before the bubble breach by COVID led to the tournament suspension and with BCCI moving it to UAE. Consequently, it would be the third edition of the tournament being held in the gulf and the fourth overseas.
"The VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 resumes with the five-time champions and current title holders Mumbai Indians taking on three-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on September 19. This match will be a momentous occasion as IPL will welcome the fans back to the stadiums after a brief hiatus owing to Covid-19 situation. Matches will be played at Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi with limited seating available, keeping in mind the Covid protocols and UAE government regulations.," announced IPL in a release.
The tickets for the same can be purchased on iplt20.com and platinumlist.net. However, the clarity on the percentage of crowds at the venues is yet to be announced. Nonetheless, a 50% capacity crowd can undoubtedly be expected.
While the tournament was held in the gulf last season as well, it was held behind closed doors. However, since UAE's population has been entirely vaccinated, the decision has been taken to have fans back in some capacity, which would act as a dress rehearsal for WT20.
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