IPL 2021: Good news for fans; limited entry during matches cleared

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Stands in the stadiums in the UAE will be lively and abuzz during the IPL 2021
Stands in the stadiums in the UAE will be lively and abuzz during the IPL 2021. Photo courtesy: IPL,

There is a good news for the Indian cricket fans. Entry to the stadiums in the United Arab Emirates has been cleared for the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

As the IPL 2021 will resume in Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi from Sunday, September 19, the fans can visit the stadiums to watch the games. The development has been confirmed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Defending champion Mumbai Indians will take on three-time champions Chennai Super Kings at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday to mark the resumption of the IPL 2021, which was suspended indefinitely after numerous players, team officials and ground staff were found Covid-19 positive.

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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 BCCI said in a statement on Wednesday.

The spectators can buy tickets starting September 16 for the remainder of the tournament on the official website www.iplt20.com. Tickets can also be purchased on PlatinumList.net.

Last year, the spectators were not allowed to enter the stadium during the tournament due to the pandemic. In the India leg too, the matches were played in empty stadiums.

Kolkata Knight Riders head coach Brendon McCullum welcomed the move. “Just heard that. It’s actually fantastic. We were just talking about it today. Hopefully, all of the stadiums will be jam-packed with KKR fans. It is going to be a big task in front of us. Hopefully, we have plenty here in the UAE,” he said.

Last year, the spectators were not allowed to enter the stadium during the tournament due to the pandemic. In the India leg too, the matches were played in empty stadiums.

Kolkata Knight Riders head coach Brendon McCullum welcomed the move. “Just heard that. It’s actually fantastic. We were just talking about it today. Hopefully, all of the stadiums will be jam-packed with KKR fans. It is going to be a big task in front of us. Hopefully, we have plenty here in the UAE,” he said.

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