After a two-year hiatus, the IPL 2021 could see a resurgence of crowd interest in the cash-rich tournament. The second leg of the IPL 2021 will be held in the United Arab Emirates, and the country’s official cricketing organisation has hinted that the elite T20 competition will draw fans back to the venue.

“As hosts, ECB will work closely with the authorities to seek approval on what protocols need to be followed — this includes fan attendance, we will then discuss it with the BCCI as well as the ICC to assess their spectator requirements. We want our ex-pat and Emirati sports-loving fans in the UAE to be able to watch the action from the stands,” Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) General Secretary Mubashir Usmani stated.

According to reports, the UAE government has approved a 60 percent capacity for the IPL matches. Mumbai Indians (MI) will face Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL 2021 opener in Dubai. Due to an increase in Covid-19 cases in India, the event was called off in the middle. A second phase of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was recently held in the UAE, albeit behind closed doors. The UAE leg will feature 31 matches, with the final set for October 15, two days before the commencement of the T20 World Cup, which will be co-hosted by the UAE and Oman.

Numerous boards confirmed the players’ participation in the tournament’s second phase. The participation of foreign players was hampered by international obligations and other factors. Several countries, notably England, Australia, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, have agreed to postpone bilateral series in order to accommodate the IPL.