Limited spectators allowed at IPL matches

A limited number of spectators will be allowed into the stadiums when the highly anticipated Indian Premier League resumes in the United Arab Emirates this weekend, event organizers said on Wednesday. Le, who was suspended in mid-May due to COVID-19 cases in his bio bubble, will resume from Sunday with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on the Chennai Super Kings at the International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.

“This match will be a momentous occasion as IPL will welcome fans to the stadiums after a brief hiatus due to the COVID-19 situation,” an IPL statement said.

“The matches will be played in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi with a limited number of places available keeping in mind COVID protocols and UAE government regulations,” he added.

This will be the first time since 2019 that the IPL will be played in front of an audience.

Last year the league was played behind closed doors in the United Arab Emirates while the first half of the 2021 edition was also played inside a strict bio-bubble.

Although league organizers have not specified the exact number of fans who will be allowed in, sources have said their presence will represent 50% of the stadium’s capacity.

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

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