Coronavirus pandemic has made the human population value many such privileges which it perhaps took for granted. While for months, in many places around the world, people were forced to remain inside their homes owing to the curbs put in place by governments to restrict the spread of the virus, spectators were denied any sporting action whatsoever.
There was no live sports on TV, forget about watching sporting action live from the stadium. When sports returned it was with partial crowds and now when the world has started to come up on its feet, even as it continues to battle the pandemic, there are certain sporting fixtures that are allowing fully vaccinated people to enter the stadium and fill the entire capacity of the stadium.
An ANI report now claims that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), as well as the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), has sought permission from UAE authorities to have a capacity crowd at the T20 World Cup final. Citing sources close to the development, the report adds that BCCI, who have the hosting rights for the tournament, is keen on making 25,000 people watch the final of the marquee event.
"The BCCI and the ECB are keen to have a capacity crowd for the final. It would be an electric atmosphere if permission for the same is granted keeping all protocols in mind. The boards have sought permission from the authorities, keeping fingers crossed," the source said.
Different venues in UAE leg of IPL 2021 lay different guidelines for fans
UAE is already seeing the return of crowds to stadiums with the IPL. A close eye has also been kept on the Coronavirus protocols with all the eight franchises strictly advised to comply with the same. Fans watching matches at the Dubai International Stadium do not need to get a PCR test done but simply need to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination.
At Sharjah, the minimum age required for entry into the stadium to watch the IPL match is 16 years. The fans need to carry both vaccination certificates, as well as RT PCR Test, conducted not more than 48 hours before.
However, Abu Dhabi has different rules. While fans above 16 must carry vaccination proof as well as PCR test results, those aged between 12-15 do not have any requirement but must give RT-PCT Test reports of less than 48 hours. Meanwhile, fans below 12 are allowed but must be accompanied by adults aged over 21.