Limited spectators to be allowed at IPL matches

Mumbai Indians players Anukul Roy and Ishan Kishan during a practice session ahead of Indian Premium League (IPL) 2021, at Sh. Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, August 20, 2021. IPL will start from September 19, 2021   | Photo Credit: PTI

Limited spectators will be allowed into the stadiums when the much-awaited Indian Premier League (IPL) resumes in the U.A.E. this weekend, the event's organisers announced on September 15.

The IPL, which was suspended midway in May due to COVID-19 cases in its bio bubble, will resume from September 19 with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

"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," an IPL statement said.

"Matches will be played at Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi with limited seating available keeping in mind the COVID-19 protocols and U.A.E. government regulations," it added.

It will be the first time since 2019 when the IPL will be played in front of an audience.

Last year, the league was played behind closed doors in the U.A.E. while the first half of the 2021 edition was also played inside a strict bio-bubble.

Although the league organisers did not specify the exact number of fans who would be let in but sources said their presence would be 50% of the stadium capacity.

"Fans can buy tickets starting September 16 for the remainder of the tournament on the official website Tickets can also be purchased on," the league organisers said.

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