Five-time champions Mumbai Indians will conflict with Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in Dubai on Sunday.
The the rest of the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) season may have spectators back inside stadiums when it resumes later this week in the United Arab Emirates, organisers say.
The IPL was suspended in May with 31 matches left to play after a number of gamers and backroom employees examined optimistic for COVID-19 amid a devastating second wave in India.
“Matches will be played at Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi with limited seating available keeping in mind the COVID protocols and UAE government regulations,” organisers mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday.
The league, nonetheless, didn’t specify the variety of fans that will be allowed, or if a vaccine certificates can be necessary for entry.
The match resumes with Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings enjoying the five-time champions Mumbai Indians on the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday, 4 months after the world’s richest T20 league was halted halfway by the pandemic in India.
“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,” mentioned the IPL assertion.
Tickets for the rest of the match, which is able to conclude with the ultimate on October 15, will probably be out there from Thursday.
The IPL was shifted out final yr to the UAE the place it was held behind closed doorways and fans stayed away in the primary leg of this version held in India.
Broadcasters used digital background noise of fans cheering and stadium roars for the TV viewers as matches have been performed in empty stadiums in the UAE and India.
The remaining matches of the persevering with 14th version will probably be performed in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah with gamers of all eight franchises in strict bio bubbles.