The organisers have stated that 70% of spectators will be permitted during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. However, conditions in Oman, where the preliminary rounds are due to take place, are still being investigated following a storm.
Tropical Cyclone Shaheen wreaked havoc on Oman’s coasts, including the capital city of Muscat, only a week before the preliminary matches kick off on October 10.
Despite the cyclone flooding streets in Muscat, causing evacuations from coastal districts, and delaying flights in and out of the country, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement on Sunday that 3,000 fans would be accommodated at Al Amerat stadium in Muscat.
The 16-team tournament was relocated to the Gulf states due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in India, but the BCCI is still hosting the event. According to the ICC, the BCCI and the ICC worked closely with the host authorities to ensure that fans are welcomed in a safe environment and that COVID-19 protocols are followed at all sites.
The ICC stated, “The T20 World Cup is the largest sporting event to be held in the region, and it will be the largest global cricket event with fans in stadia since the epidemic.”
“All stadiums in the UAE will be running at around 70% of full seating capacity, while Abu Dhabi has installed new socially distant ‘pods’ of a maximum of four fans on their east and west grass mounds,” it said.
The other two venues in the UAE are Dubai and Sharjah, which will host matches including the final on Nov. 14.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is now being held in the UAE with a lower capacity of supporters.