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Fans to be allowed in stadiums for IPL matches in UAE

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday announced that the remainder of the IPL matches will be played in the UAE in the presence of spectators. It said that a limited number of spectators will be allowed in stadiums in the UAE where the tournament will resume from September 19.

Notably, the cash-rich tournament will be played across three venues in the UAE—Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi—in compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines.

IPL will resume in the UAE with five-time champions and current title holders Mumbai Indians taking on three-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on September 19.

BCCI in a media advisory said, “IPL 2021 resumes with the five-time champions and current title holders Mumbai Indians taking on three-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on September 19.”

“This match will be a momentous occasion as IPL will welcome the fans back to the stadiums after a brief hiatus owing to the COVID-19 situation. Fans can buy tickets starting September 16 for the remainder of the tournament,” it added.

IPL points table

The tournament had to be cancelled mid-way in April this year after the COVID-19 situation went out of control in India and several foreign players raised apprehensions about their safety. Many players also left India in a hurry owing to the then prevalent COVID-19 situation.

As far as the points table is concerned, Delhi Capitals is at the top with six victories out of the eight matches played so far, Chennai Super Kings is at the second spot with five victories in seven games, and Royal Challengers Bangalore is at the third spot with an equal number of victories as CSK.

Mumbai Indians is at the fourth spot followed by Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. Sunrisers Hyderabad is at the bottom of the points table having won only one out of the seven games played.

 

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