The national government of UAE has already have a green light to the open the stadiums for fans at 70% maximum capacity for the T20 World Cup, making it the largest-scale event with fan in the stadiums in the UAE since the pandemic measures started. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has started the ticket sales, with prices start at OMR10 ($26) for games in Oman and AED30 ($8) for games in the UAE.
“We are delighted to be welcoming fans back to international cricket in both Oman and the UAE to enjoy the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup,” ICC acting CEO Geoff Allardice said. “The biggest sporting spectacle to have ever taken place in the region deserved to be played out in front of passionate cricket fans from all 16 nations competing and we are doing everything possible to keep it safe for all.”
Originally scheduled to be played in India, the tournament was moved to Oman and UAE due to COVID-19 concerns. “Tickets are available to fans to watch the top 16 T20 teams in the world vying for the ultimate prize in the shortest format, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup starting in Muscat on 17 October and concluding in the UAE on 14 November,” ICC said in a statement.
Dubai International Stadium, Sharjah Cricket Stadium and Zayed Cricket Stadium will hold the games in UAE, while the Oman Cricket Academy in Muscat will be Oman’s only venue for the event.
“In the UAE all venues will be operating at approximately 70% of maximum seated capacity, whilst Abu Dhabi has also introduced new socially distanced ‘pods’ of a maximum of 4 spectators on their east and west grass mounds. The Oman Cricket Academy has had a temporary infrastructure built to welcome 3,000 fans,” the statement added.
The BCCI secretary Jay Shah also expressed his gratitude to the governments of UAE and Oman for allowing fans to attend games at the T20 World Cup. “I am delighted that the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be played in front of cheering fans both in the UAE and Oman. My sincere thanks to the government of the UAE and Oman for paving the way for fans to return,” he said.
The T20 World Cup is set to commence on October 17 in Muscat, with Oman facing Papua New Guinea in the first round. Four teams will join the top-eight teams in the main competition, which will start on October 23, with Australia and South Africa clash in Abu Dhabi. Dubai is the venue for the final, which will take place on November 14.
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