The Sharjah cricket stadium, which will host 10 IPL 2021 matches before the T20 World Cup, has announced extensive renovations that would be finished before the start of the Indian T20 league.
From September 19 through October 15, the second part of the IPL 2021 will be contested in the United Arab Emirates. The T20 World Cup, which will begin on October 17, will immediately follow. The ICC event will be co-hosted by Oman and the UAE.
The first half of the IPL 2021 was staged earlier this year in India, but it had to be postponed after a number of COVID-19 cases were discovered in the tournament’s bio-bubble. The BCCI later relocated the rest of the IPL 2021 as well as the T20 World Cup, which India was due to host.
According to a press release announcing the modifications to the Sharjah cricket stadium,
“In the center of the newly re-laid wicket block, six pitches will be available, including four broadcasting and two practice pitches. They are currently constructing a new practice facility that will include four turf wickets and four astro-turf wickets in order to accommodate multiple teams during practice sessions. These will be available in time for the IPL.”
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, a venue that witnessed the best of IPL last year, will once again play host to 10 matches including an eliminator and a qualifier when IPL 2021 heads to the UAE.#Sharjah #SharjahCricket #IPL2021 #UAECricket #CricketinUAE #EmiratesCricket #Cricket pic.twitter.com/vYkF5bEscR— Sharjah Cricket Stadium (@sharjahstadium) July 26, 2021
A new state-of-the-art ‘fit capital gymnasium,’ as well as an indoor swimming pool, steam room, and sauna area, have been added. In addition, at the top tier of the pavilion end, there are 11 new VIP suites, a VIP grand dining room, and improved hospitality amenities, according to the media release.
The modifications were praised by Khalaf Bukhatir, Managing Director of Bukhatir Group and CEO of Sharjah Cricket Stadium:
“What sets Sharjah apart from other cricketing venues in the UAE is the atmosphere, or as we like to call it, the ‘Sharjah magic.’” This was especially evident at last year’s edition, when we hosted some of the IPL’s most thrilling moments.
“We are undoubtedly prepared and eager to host some world-class cricket in a world-class, safe and secure environment,” he continued.
On September 24, the IPL 2021 action in Sharjah will get off with a match between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Eliminator and Qualifier 2 will be held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Will spectators be permitted in stadiums during the IPL 2021?
According to rumors, the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has decided to allow 60 percent attendance at stadiums for the IPL 2021 second round. According to a report in the Telegraph, this decision was reached after consultations with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB).
Due to the second wave of the COVID-19 epidemic, the first part of the IPL 2021 in India was played behind closed doors. Matches of the IPL 2020, which was also held in the UAE, were likewise closed to spectators.
BCCI announces schedule for remainder of VIVO IPL 2021 in UAE.— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) July 25, 2021
The 14th season, will resume on 19th September in Dubai with the final taking place on 15th October.
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The IPL 2021 second phase will kick off on September 19 in Dubai with a match between defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Abu Dhabi, in addition to Dubai and Sharjah, will host IPL 2021 matches.