UAE board Looking to fill stadiums with spectators for IPL matches
The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been hit hard. The popular franchise cricket tournament is coming up on September 19. Even though the 13th edition of the IPL was said to set on the field in horror, the IPL was being planned keeping the gallery empty for so long. This time visitors have been offered entry in the stadium.
Although, after a long time, cricket is back again, but a lot has changed. Changes were inevitable in almost everything related to cricket as well as on the field. This is called The New Normal. In this new normal, the supporters have not got a chance to face the field yet.
However, on July 26, the British government allowed 1000 spectators to enter the field on a trial basis. To watch the county team Surrey and Middlesex warm-up match, the 1,000 supporters had to come to the field with maximum security as well as social seating.
This time IPL is thinking of returning spectators to the field. Due to the corona outbreak in India, this year’s tournament will be held in the United Arab Emirates. The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) has appealed to the government to return spectators due to the low incidence of Covid-19 infection there.
The ECB has requested that even if the gallery is not a supporter of admission, 30 to 50 per cent spectators can go to the field and watch the game. This was stated by ECB Secretary Mubashir Usmani in a recent interview with PTI.
“We must want our people to experience a dignified event,” Usmani said. But it is the decision of the entire government. For most events, 30 to 50 percent of the capacity is allowed to enter. We want that amount. We are hopeful that we will get permission from the government.”
It is to be noted that after much drama, the Indian Cricket Board has finalized the start date of this year’s IPL. This franchise league will be held on September 19. The 51-day grand yajna will end on November 8.