ICC T20 World Cup: UAE stadiums aim to welcome fans at 70% capacity

Questions were burning towards the International Cricket Council on whether spectators be allowed inside the gallery to witness the biggest sporting event. In response, the ICC announced that all venues in the United Arab Emirates for the upcoming Men’s T20 World Cup will operate at about 70 percent of the UAE stadium capacity.

The capital city Abu Dhabi has introduced new socially distanced ‘pods’ of a maximum of 4 spectators on their east and west grass mounds. ICC said that around 3,000 fans would be accommodated at Al Amerat stadium in Muscat.

The decision was based on the mission to open the gallery for cricket lovers in and around the world. The ICC stated that the fans should be allowed to watch live matches where it was not exactly followed in previous matches due to the Covid outbreak. ICC also stated that everything was being done to ensure their safety.

Although. the 16-team tournament was shifted to the Gulf states due to the surge of Covid-19 infections in India, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) remains the event host.

“The T20 World Cup is the largest sporting event to be held in the region and it will be the biggest global cricket event since the pandemic with fans in stadia,” the ICC said. 

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Dubai and Sharjah are the two other venues in the UAE. The first semi-final will be held in Abu Dhabi on November 10 and the city, Dubai will host the final match which is scheduled to be conducted on Nov. 14 final. The UAE is currently hosting the Indian Premier League (IPL) with fans at a reduced capacity.