IPL 2021: ECB says spectators likely in IPL 2021 Phase 2 and T20 World Cup in UAE

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IPL 2021: ECB says spectators likely in IPL 2021 Phase 2 and T20 World Cup in UAEWhat comes as a piece of good news for cricket fans worldwide and especially those in the UAE, the ECB is looking to bring fans back to the stadium for the IPL 2021 Phase 2 and T20 World Cup. One of the biggest cricket extravaganza IPL will kick start in less than one and a half months. It will be followed by the T20 World Cup that will take place after a gap of nearly 5 years.

Speaking to Gulf News, ECB General Secretary Mubashir Usmani said that the board will seek approval and discuss protocols with the authorities. They will then discuss with BCCI and ICC for a final call.

‘‘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 expat and Emirati sports-loving fans in the UAE to be able to watch the action from the stands,’’ he said.

“We have a UAE-wide team of highly experienced events and logistics companies and individuals, therefore we are confident in facing and working confidently through any challenges that may arise,’’ Usmani added.

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IPL 2021: ECB says spectators likely in IPL 2021 Phase 2 and T20 World Cup in UAE

While the IPL 2021 will kick off on September 19 for the remaining 31 matches of the tournament. T20 World Cup will be played in October and November after the completion of the T20 event. Both these tournaments will be conducted by the BCCI in coordination with the ECB.

Notably, the opening leg of IPL 2021 was played in absence of crowds due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, IPL 13 was also conducted without crowds in the UAE.

Meanwhile, England cricket have already started allowing limited to full crowds in its venues for international cricket as well as The Hundred from last month. The ECB will be also looking to bring in at least 50 per cent for the profit of the Emirates Cricket Board as they are set to host mega events.

IPL 2021: ECB says spectators likely in IPL 2021 Phase 2 and T20 World Cup in UAE

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