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T20 World Cup 2021: Fans at Abu Dhabi sit in fence to maintain social distancing while watching South Africa-Australia match

Fans are being able to witness the matches live from the stadium in the first world tournament since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saurabh Ganguly Editor

Updated - 23 October 2021 5:32 pm

Since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, there have been all sorts of uncertainty related to sporting events. While initially, all sporting events came to a standstill, sports gradually came back on its feet by adopting certain measures and protocols as the sporting ecosystem first hears of a bio-secure bubble to protect the game and its primary stakeholders- the players- from an invisible enemy- the dreaded COVID-19.

When sports started to come back though, most of them were being played behind closed doors, yet it remained a challenge for organisers and administrators to arrange a big tournament during such unprecedented times. The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is the first world event which is being played since the outbreak of the virus and has been a success so far.

Not only are top world sides competing against each other but even fans are being able to witness the matches which is so good to see for the well-wishers of the sport at large. During the first Super 12 match between South Africa and Australia being played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, fans can be seen sitting in a fence to maintain social distancing measures during COVID-19.

Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Scotland and Namibia qualify for Super 12

The visuals were shown on the television screen and it made for a testimony to the time humanity is surviving in. Talking about the competition the Round 1 stage of the tournament ended on Friday and the four teams from there to progress to the Super 12 are: Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Scotland and Namibia.

All-Asian affair at T20 World Cup on Sunday

While Sri Lanka and Scotland topped their respective groups, Bangladesh and Namibia came second. Two of these sides – Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be up against each other in their first Super 12 match on Sunday. A few hours later, India and Pakistan will face off in a blockbuster of a clash at the Dubai International Stadium.

Meanwhile, in ongoing South Africa- Australia match, the Proteas have not had a great start, having lost 4 wickets for 46 runs in the 8th over and they will have to stitch a strong fightback if they want to win from here.


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