The 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates, starting from 17th October 2021. Earlier, the tournament was scheduled to be held in India, however, due to the fear of the third wave of Covid-19, it was shifted to UAE. The hosting rights, however, still remains with India.
As per the recent reports, the BCCI and ECB have requested UAE authorities to have a capacity crowd at the ground on the final of the showpiece event. According to a report by ANI, the BCCI is keen to have 25,000 people watching the final of the tournament.
“The BCCI and the ECB is keen to have a capacity crowd for the final. It would be an electric atmosphere if permission for the same if granted keeping all protocols in mind. The boards have sought permission from the authorities, keeping fingers crossed,” a BCCI source told ANI.
For the unversed, as per the current regulation set by UAE authorities, only 10 per cent capacity is allowed inside the stadium. The fans are allowed to watch the game in the ongoing IPL 2021 tournament. As per the regulations — also shared with the eight franchises — fans going to the Dubai International Cricket Stadium don’t need to get an RT PCR test done 48 hours prior to entry into the stands but will need double COVID-19 vaccination proof.
To watch a game inside Sharjah Cricket Stadium, the minimum age requirement is 16+. Besides, a vaccination report is required and the fans ought to carry RT PCR test results along with them for no more than 2 days prior to entering the venue.