IPL 2021 update: Remaining matches of IPL in UAE may get crowds in the stadiums

The condition to attend the games - Person should be vaccinated. IPL was suspended indefinitely on May 4. But on May 29, BCCI announced that the remaining 31 matches will be played in UAE.

According to a Cricbuzz report, the remaining matches of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 are likely to have crowds in the stadium (up to 50 % of the seating capacity) on the condition that the fans must be vaccinated.

Sources say having spectators in stadiums won’t be that big a challenge. This is because most of the UAE is vaccinated. UAE government policy permits crowds for the sporting events only when they are vaccinated, until and unless local government formulates new and event-specific rules. “The vaccinated fans can be allowed up to 50 percent of the [stadium] capacity,” a UAE board official said.

Top officials from IPL have reached Dubai via special permission in a charter flight on May 31. IPL contingent included Secretary- Jay Shah, treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal, vice-president Rajeev Shukla, board joint secretary Jayesh George. Sourav Ganguly will reach Dubai on Wednesday.

The purpose of the visit is considered to be finalizing the logistical and operational issues regarding IPL, slated to be held from September 19 to October 10.  Earlier The BCCI in a Special General Meeting held on May 29, asked for an extension of time from the ICC to take an appropriate call on the hosting of ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

Meanwhile, England is ready to welcome 18,000 fans on each day of the second Test in Edgbaston (June 10 to 14) which accounts for 70 percent of the total stadium’s seating capacity. It will be a part of the pilot event. Stuart Cain, Chief Executive at Edgbaston announced on May 27.

Every person attending the match has to carry a negative COVID-19 result from the National Health Service (NHS) Rapid Lateral Flow Test, which is completed 24 hours in advance of the day they are attending, and give consent to take part in the program. The Lord’s Test (June 2 to 6) is not part of the pilot program.

IPL was suspended indefinitely on May 4 due to COVID-19 positive cases in multiple teams.

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