The five-time champion Mumbai Indians will face Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in Dubai on Sunday.
The remainder of the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) season will have spectators back inside the stadiums when it resumes later this week in the United Arab Emirates, organizers say.
The IPL was suspended in May with 31 games to play after multiple players and backroom staff tested positive for COVID-19 amid a devastating second wave in India.
“The matches will be played in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi with limited seats available taking into account COVID protocols and UAE government regulations,” organizers said in a statement on Wednesday.
The league, however, did not specify the number of fans that would be allowed, or if a vaccination certificate would be required to enter.
The tournament resumes with Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings playing against the five-time champion Mumbai Indians at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday, four months after the world’s richest T20 league halted midway. by the pandemic in India.
“This match will be a momentous occasion as IPL will welcome fans back to the stadiums after a brief hiatus due to the COVID-19 situation,” the IPL statement said.
Tickets for the remainder of the tournament, which will conclude with the final on October 15, will be available starting Thursday.
The IPL moved last year to the United Arab Emirates, where it was held behind closed doors and fans stayed away in the first leg of this edition held in India.
Broadcasters used the virtual background noise of cheering fans and stadium roars for the television audience as matches were played in empty stadiums in the United Arab Emirates and India.
The remaining matches of the ongoing fourteenth edition will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah with players from all eight franchises in strict bio-bubbles.