The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is all set to become the largest-scale event in the UAE in terms of fan participation since the pandemic. With the Covid-19 restrictions gradually relaxed, the authorities have decided to amp up the excitement of the tournament by increasing the spectator capacity across all stadia hosting the match in the UAE.
As per reports, all venues will be operating at approximately 70% of the maximum seated fan capacity. Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi has also introduced new socially distanced ‘pods’ of a maximum of 4 spectators on their east and west grass mounds.
The Oman Cricket Academy has had a temporary infrastructure built to welcome 3,000 fans. Oman is currently reeling under a tropical cyclone named Shaheen, which has also hit its capital city Muscat. Oman is the venue for hosting the preliminary rounds of the tournament which will take place between October 17 and October 21 at the Al Amerat stadium in Muscat. The top four teams of the round will then join the other eight teams in UAE for the remaining competition.
The tournament will kick start with the Round 1 match between Oman and Papua New Guinea in Muscat. Whilst, Australia and South Africa play the first match of Super 12s on 23 October in Abu Dhabi followed by the match between England and West Indies also on 23 October in Dubai. Archrivals, India and Pakistan, will take place on 24 October in Dubai.
The T20 World Cup host Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is working closely with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to ensure a safe environment for the fans and a seamless experience for the participants.
“I am delighted that the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be played in front of cheering fans both in the UAE and Oman. My sincere thanks to the government of the UAE and Oman for paving the way for fans to return. The anticipation for the World Cup, which is taking place after five years, is building with each passing day. I am sure we will have fans coming from different parts of the world to support their team. The vibe they will create will boost the performances on the field,” BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said.
The T20 World Cup, which was initially scheduled to take place in India, due to the COVID-19 crisis in the country has been shifted to the UAE. It will see a high-octane clash among the top 16 teams in the world starting in Muscat on 17 October and concluding in the UAE on 14 November.
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