MUMBAI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India announced on Wednesday that the second half of VIVO Indian Premier League 2021, which will be played in the United Arab Emirates from September 19, will allow a limited number of fans into the stadiums.
The IPL resumes with the five-time champions and current title holders Mumbai Indians taking on three-time title holders Chennai Super Kings at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on September 19.
Although the BCCI did not specify the exact number of fans who would be allowed in, PTI, quoting sources, reports that it would be at 50% of stadium capacity.
IANS had earlier reported that only fans who showed proof of having been vaccinated would be allowed entry.
“The UAE government has mentioned that only those who are vaccinated will be allowed entry. UAE is also witnessing a decrease in COVID-19 cases. So, let’s see what happens in the future, but right now, fans are allowed,” a BCCI official had told the newswire.
Last year, the IPL was played behind closed doors in the UAE. As for how the first half of the IPL, which was held in India, was managed in terms of COVID controls, the less said the better.
Fans can buy tickets starting September 16 for the remainder of the tournament on the official website www.iplt20.com. Tickets can also be purchased on PlatinumList.net.
Matches will be played at Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi with limited seating available keeping in mind the Covid protocols and UAE government regulations.