Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) is looking to cash on in the upcoming IPL 2020 season as they are planing to fill the stadiums from 30 percent to upto 50% with spectators during the tournament. ECB secretary Mubashshir Usmani has said in a latest interview to PTI that they’re looking to give opportunity to UAE people to come to the stadiums and enjoy twenty20’s showpiece event.
Usmani said that everything would depend on government’s decision. There are some cases rise in the country in certain 2-3 days but these wouldn’t impact the preparations, the Emirates board is doing.
“We will definitely want our people to experience this prestigious event but it is totally the government’s decision. For most events here, the number ranges from 30 to 50% capacity, we are looking at a similar number. We are hopeful of getting our government’s approval on that,” Mubashshir Usmani told PTI.
United Arab Emirates is having certain protocols and rules that people living in the nation must follow. So it would be a good idea to have some fans in the stadiums and cheer for players.
“The UAE government has been very efficient in bringing down the case numbers. We are almost living a normal life with certain rules and protocols to be followed. And with the IPL still some time way, we will be in an even better place than what it is right now,” he added.
BCCI is planing to host Indian Premier League’s 13th edition in UAE due to COVID-19 situation in India. It is declared by IPL chairman Brijesh Patel that IPL 2020 could be played between 19 September and 10 November. The final decision will be taken in the governing council meeting on 2nd August.