The second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, scheduled to begin from September 19 in the UAE could witness the return of the crowds, according to Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) general secretary Mubashir Usmani.
The ECB is in talks with the BCCI to make this happen.
"As hosts, ECB will work closely with the authorities to seek approval on what protocols need to be followed -- this includes fan attendance, we will then discuss it with the BCCI as well as the ICC to assess their spectator requirements. We want our ex-pat and Emirati sports-loving fans in the UAE to be able to watch the action from the stands," Usmani said told Gulf News.
Reports suggest that the UAE government has given a go-ahead to have 60 percent capacity for the IPL matches. IPL 2021 will resume with Mumbai Indians (MI) taking on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Dubai.
The tournament was called off mid-way due to the rising Covid-19 cases in India. UAE recently hosted a second phase of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) as well, albeit behind closed doors.
As many as 31 matches will be played in the UAE leg, with Dubai set to host the final on October 15, two days prior to the start of the T20 World Cup, which will be co-hosted by UAE and Oman.