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Crowds to be back in 'reduced capacity' at IPL in UAE

16 Sep 2021, 04:43 GMT+10

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This is the second edition of the IPL to be played during the pandemic. In 2020, too, the BCCI had shifted the IPL to the UAE where the entire tournament was played behind closed doors. This year's IPL started in India on April 9, also behind closed doors, but was suspended indefinitely on May 3 after several members from four different franchises at two different venues tested positive for Covid-19. With the prospect of the outbreak growing further, the BCCI was forced to suspend the tournament after 29 matches.The primary reason behind bringing back crowds could be the fact that the vast majority of the public in the UAE has been fully vaccinated. While it is not clear what the various conditions put in place for overseas fans will be, one mandatory rule is likely to be that they need to be fully vaccinated.Fans can buy tickets for the remainder of the tournament, from September 16, on the official website or on

Nagraj Gollapudi is news editor at ESPNcricinfo

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