The IPL 2021, the first half of which was played behind closed doors in India, before being postponed due to the covid-19 outbreak, is set to welcome crowds in a reduced capacity in its second leg in the UAE. The tournament resumed on September 19, with Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings.
The current edition of the IPL had started on April 9, but was suspended after almost a month with the covid-19 pandemic gathering its pace in India, and several members from different franchises being tested positive.
The IPL second leg, beginning September 19 in the UAE, will have fans in a reduced capacity, as per the IPL’s official media release. The tickets can be availed from Thursday, September 16.
“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,” the statement read.
“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.”
The primary reason in bringing back the crowds could be the fact that the majority of the UAE population has been fully vaccinated. The protocols for overseas fans haven’t been decided yet, but complete vaccination is likely to be a mandatory one.
The smooth conduct of the IPL with crowds allowed could mean that the T20 World Cup, which follows immediately after the tournament, would also open doors for the fans.