IPL 2021: UAE Government To Allow Vaccinated Fans Inside Stadiums: Reports

As per reports in ANI, the UAE government along with the BCCI has decided to allow vaccinated fans inside the stadiums in the UAE leg. A BCCI official has informed ANI that crowds will be “allowed partially” during the second phase of the IPL. The UAE leg starts on September 19 with Mumbai Indians playing the Chennai Super Kings in the first game. KKR then face RCB in the second game.

“Yes, it will be allowed this time as both the BCCI and UAE government have given a green light to let the crowd enter the stadium partially. Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) is doing everything possible to keep a check on cases (Covid-19),” the official said.

“The UAE government has mentioned that only those who are vaccinated will be allowed entry. UAE is also witnessing a decrease in COVID-19 cases. So,’let’s see what happens in the future, but right now, fans are allowed,” the BCCI official added.
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AS many as 31 games will be played over 27 days in the UAE leg. Dubai will host 13 games, Abu Dhabi 10 and Sharjah 8 games. The final will be played on October 15 in Dubai after the playoffs on 10, 11 and 13.

Previously ECB general secretary Mubashir Usmani was quoted as saying by Gulf News that the UAE board will speak with the BCCI and the UAE government regarding the allowance of fans inside the stadiums.

“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,” Usmani had said.

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