T20 World Cup: Stadiums in UAE to be at 70 per cent capacity, Oman venue to be assessed post cyclone

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The 16-team tournament was moved to the Gulf states due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in India, but the Indian cricket body (BCCI) is still hosting the event.

The T20 World Cup was supposed to be held last year in India but was postponed by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic (AFP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The T20 World Cup will be played from October 17 to November 14
  • Preliminary matches will be played at the Al Amerat stadium in Muscat
  • Dubai and Sharjah will host majority of the matches including the final on Nov. 14
Stadiums in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will operate at 70 percent capacity for the upcoming T20 World Cup, the organisers stated, though circumstances in Oman, where the preliminary stages will be held, have yet to be thoroughly assessed following a cyclone.

On Sunday, Tropical cyclone ‘Shaheen’ hit the coasts of Oman, including the capital of Muscat, only a week before the tournament’s preliminary round matches begin on October 10.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement on Sunday that approximately 3,000 supporters would be accommodated at Al Amerat stadium in Muscat, despite the cyclone flooding streets in the Omani city, forcing evacuations from coastal districts, and delaying flights in and out of the country.

The 16-team tournament was moved to the Gulf states due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in India, but the Indian cricket body (BCCI) is still hosting the event.

The ICC said that the BCCI and itself worked closely with the host authorities to ensure that fans are welcomed in a safe environment and that COVID-19 protocols are followed at all sites.

“The T20 World Cup is the largest sporting event to be held in the region and it will be the biggest global cricket event since the pandemic with fans in stadium,” the ICC said.

“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,” it said.

The other two venues in the UAE are Dubai and Sharjah, which will host matches including the final on Nov. 14. The Indian Premier League (IPL) is now being held in the UAE with a lower capacity of supporters. (With Reuters inputs)

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