IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy (Image Credit: Twitter)

For the first time since the 2019 season, the IPL will see the crowd return to the stadiums, although in “limited seating” due to the regulations of the UAE government, announced the BCCI on Wednesday. A “momentous occasion” is what the board termed this news as.

The second half of the IPL 2021, begins on September 19, in the three UAE venues – Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. These three cities also hosted the entire IPL 2020.

“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,” the BCCI said in a released statement. 

Dubai International Cricket Stadium, UAE
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, UAE (Image Credit: Twitter)

However, it hasn’t been revealed yet as to what percentage of the stadium will be allowed to be filled. It also isn’t confirmed whether the fans attending matches have to be fully vaccinated. Although, the majority of the public in the UAE has been fully vaccinated.

“Matches will be played at Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi with limited seating available keeping in mind the Covid protocols and UAE government regulations,” the statement added.

The tickets will be available to be purchased from September 16 on IPL’s official website and other associated platforms.

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This decision will serve well to the BCCI in learning about the developments regarding opening the stands to the fans ahead of the T20 World Cup, which starts on October 17. The ‘Round 1’ of the World Cup will be played in Oman, while the Super 12s and the knockouts in the UAE.
MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma
MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)
Last season the entire IPL season was shifted from India and played out in the UAE, behind closed doors, as India was battling with the virus.
This year, the tournament, which had started in India on April 9, came to a halt mid-season in early May as the bio-bubble was breached by the virus and affected several members from four franchises. 29 matches had been completed before the BCCI suspended the season; the remainder of the 31 games will take place in the coming weeks.

Chennai Super Kings meet Mumbai Indians on September 19 in Dubai to kickoff the second phase of IPL 2021.

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