IPL 2021: Limited spectators set to return to stadiums in 2nd leg at UAE

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IPL 2021: The Indian Premier League returns to the UAE this weekend, only a limited number of spectators will be permitted inside the stadiums, the event’s organisers stated on Wednesday.

The IPL, which was postponed in May owing to COVID-19 incidents in its bio bubble.

It will continue on Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings.

“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 protocols and UAE government regulations,” it added.

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The IPL will played in front of an audience for the first time since 2019.

The league was played behind closed doors in the UAE last year; and the first half of the 2021 season will take place in a bio-bubble as well.

Although the league’s organisers did not identify the exact number of supporters that would be allow; sources suggested they would account for half of the stadium’s capacity.

“Fans can buy tickets starting September 16 for the remainder of the tournament on the official website www.iplt20.com. Tickets can also be purchase from PlatinumList.net,” the league organisers said.

The second phase of IPL 2021 will resume with the clash between CSK and MI on September 19.

In total, 31 matches, including qualifiers, will take place over 27 days.

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