When the second leg of the Indian Premier League begins on Sunday with defending champion Mumbai Indians taking on three-time champion Chennai Super Kings at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, fans will be allowed to visit the stadium.
Matches will be played at Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi with limited seating available keeping in mind the Covid protocols and UAE government regulations, the BCCI said in a statement on Wednesday.
Last year, the spectators were not allowed to enter the stadium during the tournament due to the pandemic. In the India leg too, the matches were played in empty stadiums.
Kolkata Knight Riders head coach Brendon McCullum welcomed the move. "Just heard that. It's actually fantastic. We were just talking about it today. Hopefully, all of the stadiums will be jam-packed with KKR fans. It is going to be a big task in front of us. Hopefully, we have plenty here in the UAE," he said.
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