The Covid-19 outbreak in 2020 caused many cricket series/tournaments around the world to be canceled or postponed last year. The ICC T20 World Cup which was scheduled to be held in September 2020 also canceled and most of the tournaments like IPL being played without spectators in the stadium. By the end of the year, some countries like Australia and New Zealand allowed spectators in the stadium. India on other hand, did not conduct any cricket after March. However, BCCI is set to begin cricket in India with a domestic tournament without fans in the stadium.
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This year brought some good news for cricket fans in India as the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports decided to allow 50% of the spectators in the stadium from now on. This move is seen as a resumption back to normalcy.
England series and IPL 2021
Now, England’s tour of India and IPL is likely to be played with 50% of spectators in the stadium after the government announced its plans. That meant Cricket fans can watch the England series and IPL live in the stadium after so long. BCCI will be delighted by this news as they are planning to organize IPL in India.
England will tour India in February. England will play 4 Tests, 3 ODIs, and 3 T20Is against India. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has issued a set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Below are the guidelines which every tournament’s organizing committee has to strictly follow.
Spectator management for IPL 2021:-
- The crowd/fans at the sporting event would be in accordance with the SOP issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs vide its letter No. 40-3/2020-DM-I (A); dated 25/11/2020[Para nine clause (v}) or as amended from time to time.
- Maximum 50% crowd will be allowed of the total capacity of the stadium/ground in Outdoor event.
- CCTV monitoring should be installed for sporting events. So that can detect over-crowding at entry, seating arena & exit gates. (source)
However, the Organizing committee will have to take mandatory clearance from local authorities as well.
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