The fans are expected to return for the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, which begins on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates.
Mubashir Usmani, the general secretary of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), was quoted by Gulf News as saying that the ECB will speak with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the UAE government about enabling fans to return to the stands.
According to Usmani, the ECB will collaborate closely with the BCCI and the UAE government to seek approval for the procedures that must be followed before fans may return to the stadium. In the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, the ECB will meet with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to discuss spectator needs.
As hosts, ECB will collaborate closely with authorities to obtain approval for the protocols that must be followed. This includes the number of spectators. We’ll next talk to the BCCI and the ICC about it to see what their spectator needs are. He was cited as adding, “We want our expat and Emirati sports-loving fans in the UAE to be able to witness the action from the stands.”
According to reports, the UAE government has given the go-ahead for the stadium to be filled to 60% capacity for the remaining matches.