Crowds to be allowed in IPL 2021
Cricket matches are best enjoyed live. The vibe one gets when they watch a match live in a particular something is unexplainably sensational. It gets better when it’s an IPL match. There’s a saying that watching an IPL match live is an experience everyone must experience.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities in the cricketing world had to organize matches behind closed doors. Seldom did one see fans in a stadium post the COVID-19 era. However, the fact that fans are now allowed in the stadium for the second half of IPL 2021 comes as a huge boost to the Indian T20 league. This is the first time crowds will be allowed at the IPL for the first time since 2019.
According to ESPNcricinfo, crowds will be back at a reduced capacity. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has initially decided to allow 60 percent attendance at the stadiums for the second phase of the IPL 2021 a month ago. This decision was taken after thorough consultations with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). As well as the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), as per the reports in the Telegraph.
Earlier this year, IPL 2021 was abruptly postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and thus. There were a lot of questions regarding fans being allowed in the stands for the second phase of IPL 2021. However, an important point to note is the fact that crowds will be allowed at a reduced capacity. Thus, the occupancy won’t be the usual we see.
It is estimated that around 60 percent of the audience will be allowed to turn up to watch the matches. As the old saying goes, something is better than nothing. Having said that, watching fans in the stadiums is not only beneficial from a profit- point of view. But also from a performance- point of view. The loud cheers and frenzy among the fans are surely going to motivate the players on the field to give it their best. The second half of IPL 2021 is all set to commence on Sunday, September 19. As the Chennai Super Kings are all set to lock horns with the Mumbai Indians.