The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that all venues of the T20 World Cup will operate at a 70% capacity. The tournament is all set to kick off on October 17 in Muscat. Abu Dhabi has introduced new socially distanced pods which can accommodate a maximum of four spectators on their east and west grass mounds. Meanwhile, Oman Cricket Academy, which will host the qualifiers, have built a temporary infrastructure which can accommodate 3000 fans.
Geoff Allardice, ICC Acting CEO said: "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. Our thanks to our hosts BCCI, Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and Oman Cricket as well as the local governments in these regions for their support in ensuring fans could attend in a safe environment.
"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. It has been five years since the last Men’s T20 World Cup and we can’t wait for the world’s best players to arrive in Oman and the UAE and showcase the very best of T20 cricket."
Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary BCCI, said: “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. The anticipation for the World Cup, which is taking place after five years, is building with each passing day. I am sure we will have fans coming from different parts of the world to support their team. The vibe they will create will boost the performances on the field.
“The ticket sales have started, and I urge everyone to stay safe and follow the health advisories and savour the experience.”
Oman and Papua New Guinea will kick off the tournament with the qualifying round on October 17, while the Super 12s will get underway on October 23, with a match between Australia and South Africa. The iconic battle between India and Pakistan will take place on October 24 in Dubai.
Credit: ICC Media Release