T20 World Cup will see crowd at 70 percent capacity in all stadiums

The ICC said on Sunday that the 2021 men’s T20 World Cup, which will take place in the UAE (and Oman for some of the first-round games), will draw a large crowd, with all stadiums set to be at 70 percent full throughout the event.

In terms of fan involvement, this will make the tournament the largest-scale event hosted in the UAE since the pandemic. The second half of the most recent PSL, which took place in the UAE in June this year, was closed to spectators, while the ongoing IPL has supporters in “limited capacity” at the stadiums.  Allowing spectators into IPL matches was intended to serve as a sort of dress rehearsal for local governments in the UAE, the ICC, and the BCCI ahead of the World Cup.

“The ICC and event hosts BCCI have worked closely with local authorities to ensure that spectators are welcomed in a safe environment, and COVID 19 protocols will apply at all sites,” according to an ICC statement.

Tickets for the games in Oman and the United Arab Emirates have already gone on sale. A temporary structure at the Oman Cricket Academy will allow up to 3000 supporters to attend in person, while the stadium in Abu Dhabi will have socially distant pods with four individuals in each.

The T20 World Cup was supposed to be held in India, but a spike in Covid-19 cases in the country earlier this year forced it to be moved to the UAE, where the rest of the IPL is presently taking place.

The T20 World Cup kicks off on October 17 in Muscat, with Oman taking on Papua New Guinea in the first round. From there, four teams will advance to the main competition, which starts on October 23 in Abu Dhabi with Australia taking on South Africa. The final, which will take place on November 14, will be held in Dubai.