ICC T20I World Cup 2021 trophy
ICC T20I World Cup 2021 trophy (Image Credit: Twitter)

The T20 World Cup is fast approaching and arrangements are being made to allow fans to throng the Dubai International Cricket Stadium for the final of the ICC event. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) are seeking permission from the UAE authorities to have a capacity crowd for the trophy-deciding match.

Several sources in the midst of developments have revealed that the request has been made. The authorities are yet to finalize a decision but it’s expected to be made known very soon. Speaking to ANI, a source said:

The BCCI and the ECB is keen to have a capacity crowd for the final. It would be an electric atmosphere if permission for the same is granted keeping all protocols in mind. The boards have sought permission from the authorities, keeping fingers crossed.”

BCCI, Sourav Ganguly, Jay Shah, Arun Dhumal
BCCI officials. (Photo: Twitter)

The second leg of the IPL 2021 has already seen fans make a return to the stands. There are certain restrictions in place for the stadiums. In Dubai, people don’t have to get a PCR test to gain entry into the stands. Instead, they need to have proof of having taken both the COVID-19 vaccine shots.

As for Sharjah, an age limit has been set. Fans are allowed to enter only if they are 16+ along with a negative test report which is valid for only 48 hours. A separate app called Al Hosn App also needs to give a green light to the fans if they want to enter the stadiums.

Ticketing rights for T20 World Cup transferred to ECB by BCCI

The BCCI has also confirmed during its apex meeting last week that they have transferred the ticketing rights to Oman Cricket and ECB for the upcoming T20 World Cup. The ICC event was originally supposed to be held in India but was shifted citing covid-outbreak concerns.

Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in UAE

BCCI is paying ECB a fixed fee of USD 1.5 million (from hosting fee of USD 13.5 million) and operational costs of USD 5.5 million which will be covered by ICC. The total fee payable is USD 7 million. BCCI has transferred its ticketing rights to the ECB and all revenues generated out of the sale of match tickets will be retained by the ECB,” a source was quoted as saying to ANI.

The tournament begins on October 17 with the qualifiers kicking off in Oman. The Super-12 stage will be played in the UAE across three stadiums from October 23.

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