Spectators will return for IPL matches in UAE

Mahendra Singh Dhoni.  - Twitter / File
Mahendra Singh Dhoni. – Twitter / File

DUBAI: The Indian Premier League will have cricket fans returning to the venues when the Twenty20 extravagance resumes in the United Arab Emirates, organizers said on Wednesday.

The five-time champion Mumbai Indians will face Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in Dubai on Sunday, four months after the world’s richest T20 league was shut down midway through the coronavirus pandemic in India.

“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.

Tickets for the remainder of the tournament, which concludes with the final on October 15, will be available from Thursday.

The IPL was moved last year to the United Arab Emirates where it was held behind closed doors and fans stayed on the sidelines during the first stop of this edition which was held in India.

The broadcasters used the virtual background noise of cheering supporters and stadium roars for the televised audience as matches were played in empty stadiums in the United Arab Emirates and India.

The remaining matches of the current 14th edition will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah with players from all eight franchises in strict organic bubbles.

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