The Indian Premier League will have cricket fans back at the venues when the United Arab Emirates Twenty20 extravaganza resumes, organizers said on Wednesday.
Five-time champions Mumbai Indians will clash with Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in Dubai on Sunday, four months after the world’s richest T20 competition was halted halfway through the coronavirus pandemic in India.
“This match will be a momentous occasion as IPL will welcome fans back to the stadiums after a short hiatus due to the Covid-19 situation,” an IPL statement said.
Tickets for the remainder of the tournament, which will conclude with the final on October 15, will be available from Thursday.
The IPL was moved to the UAE last year where it was held behind closed doors and fans stayed away during the first leg of this edition in India.
Broadcasters used virtual background sound of fan cheers and stadium roars for TV audiences as matches were played in empty stadiums in the UAE and India.
The remaining matches of the ongoing 14th edition will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah with players from all eight franchises in strict bio-bubbles.