The IPL 2021 is set to resume on Sunday with the mega clash, the El Clásico of IPL, between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The BCCI and the UAE government also welcome the fans back in the stadiums this season, though in limited seating.
The covid-19 guidelines have been issued by the authorities for the same. To enter the Dubai stadium, while there is no need to get a PCR test done, fans must submit proof of double COVID-19 vaccination.
Only those aged below 12 are exempted from carrying vaccination proof in the Dubai games, where the final of the season will also be played out on October 15. Fans have also been asked to download tickets on mobile devices to help in scanning at the gates.
In Sharjah, the rules are stricter: people above the age of 16 are only allowed to attend the IPL games; fans also need to carry PCR test results valid for no more than 48 hours prior to entering the venue as well as their vaccination proofs. A green status on the Al Hosn app is necessary.
At the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, people above 16 must carry vaccination proof as well as PCR test results valid no more than 48 hours prior to entering the venue. Fans aged in the 12-15 bracket don’t need vaccination proof but must carry PCR test report. Those below 12 must be accompanied by adults who are above 21.
Wearing masks at all times is compulsory as is maintaining social distance regulations in all three venues. Importantly, once anyone exits the stadium gate, he/she cannot re-enter. Organisers will also implement temperature checks upon arrival.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians are placed fourth in the points table, with 4 wins and 3 losses. MS Dhoni’s side is at the second spot after having won 5 games in the first half of the season. Delhi Capitals, led by Rishabh Pant, are the table toppers.
The IPL 2021 will be followed by the T20 World Cup, from October 17, in Oman and the UAE. The BCCI, though, retained the hosting rights of the T20 World Cup. which was earlier supposed to be played in India.