IPL 2021 Phase 2: Good news, ‘vaccinated fans can be allowed for IPL in stadiums’ says ECB official

IPL 2021 Phase 2: Emirates Cricket Board official said that IPL in UAE will have 50% spectators in the stadiums, BCCI to discuss matter

IPL 2021 Phase 2 – Spectators all set to be allowed for IPL in UAE: After holding IPL 2021 Phase 1 behind closed doors, there is good news for fans in the UAE. The IPL 2021 Phase 2 which is set for the September-October window will have spectators at 50% of capacity in the stadiums as per an Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) official. To discuss the nitty-gritty of the IPL resumption and spectators, BCCI’s top brass will join Vice-President Rajeev Shukla in Dubai to meet the ECB officials on Wednesday and discuss the way forward.

On Saturday, the BCCI confirmed that the IPL 2021 Phase 2 will take place in the UAE before the ICC T20 World Cup.

The COVID-19 pandemic situation is under control in the UAE and considering that almost 70% of its residents have been vaccinated, as per reports, spectators are allowed in the stadiums with condition that they are fully vaccinated.

Furthermore, as the UAE is not allowing any foreign traveller without vaccination, the ECB could open doors for spectators for IPL 2021.

“The vaccinated fans can be allowed up to 50 per cent of the stadium capacity,” an ECB official told Cricbuzz.

IPL 2021 Phase 2: Good news, spectators will be back in stadiums for IPL in UAE, says ECB official

IPL 2021 Phase 2: BCCI Vic-President Rajeev Shukla who is already in the UAE will be joined by the top brass — President Sourav Ganguly, Secretary Jay Shah and IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel — on Wednesday to hold further talks on IPL resumption with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB).

“I am already here. Now a team of BCCI office-bearers, president Sourav Ganguly, secretary Jay Shah and the IPL chairman Brijesh Patel will be coming here in a couple of days,” Shukla told Khaleej Times.

During the discussion, the point of spectators will also be raised. Rajeev Shukla said it will be up to the UAE government and ECB to take a call on the matter.

“The only issue is about the spectators, whether they will allow the spectators or not. So, we will talk to them about that. We will go by whatever UAE authorities decide. If they say it’s with spectators, and a certain percentage of spectators, we are fine. Or if they say without spectators, that is also fine with us. There is no problem,” Rajeev Shukla said.

IPL 2021 Phase 2: The meeting will also ponder on the point of vaccinating the entire IPL contingent including franchise officials, support staff and other personnel. While the UK bound Team India players have received one dose of the vaccine and another dose will be administered in the UK, others haven’t. Rajeev Shukla said they would be vaccinated before leaving for UAE for the IPL 2021 Phase 2. That means, BCCI will need to vaccinate at least 700-800 people for the tournament and it would need to start now as the second dose takes around 2-3 months as per ICMR guidelines.

“Whatever, Covid protocols on vaccination are required, we will be following those protocols, the Indian protocols as well as the UAE protocols,” Shukla said.

IPL 2021 Phase 2: Other than that, the BCCI officials will also discuss the potential dates with the UAE board. While the tentative start date of the tournament is immediately after India’s Test series against England, Rajeev Shukla said that the BCCI is looking to resume the IPL 2021 Phase 2 on September 18, four days after the 5th Test in Manchester. But that will be finalised only after holding talks with the ECB as it is also hosting many other bilateral series.

“We will be having discussions with the cricket board here and the other authorities. And accordingly, the schedule will be made, so the tournament happens in a very smooth manner as it happened here last year,” Rajeev Shukla said.

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