The spectators might be allowed for the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, scheduled to begin from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) general secretary Mubashir Usmani has said that the board will speak to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the UAE government for allowing crowds back to the stands during the second leg of the cash-rich league.
“As hosts, ECB will work closely with the authorities to seek approval on what protocols need to be followed — this includes fan attendance, we will then discuss it with the BCCI as well as the ICC to assess their spectator requirements. We want our ex-pat and Emirati sports-loving fans in the UAE to be able to watch the action from the stands,” he was quoted as saying by Gulf News.
Meanwhile, reports have also suggested that the UAE government has allowed 60 per cent capacity of the crowd in the stadium for the remaining IPL 2021 matches.
Notably, the remaining leg of IPL 14 will resume with a blockbluster contest between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) on September 19.
As many as 31 matches, including qualifiers, will be played during 27 days.