Fans allowed into IPL – but at 25 percent capacity

The 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) will start later this month, with spectators set to be welcomed back to stadiums, although at only 25 percent capacity

That was the confirmation from Indian government officials on Friday ahead of the start of the world’s most valuable cricket tournament, which will run from 26 March to 29 May in the western Indian cities of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Pune.

In a statement, the state government of Maharashtra, where the three cities are located, said that “an attendance limit of 25 percent has been put in place as the number of Covid patients is decreasing”.

“A decision has been taken to admit only those who have taken two doses of the vaccine,” the statement added.

Last year’s IPL was moved to the UAE

Last year’s edition began in India but was moved to the United Arab Emirates midway through the tournament as coronavirus cases surged.

The 2020 IPL was also held in the UAE due to the pandemic.

Defending champions Chennai Super Kings, led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, beat Kolkata Knight Riders in last year’s final.

Virus cases have eased across the nation of 1.4 billion people after numbers jumped earlier this year due to the highly infectious Omicron strain.

India is the world’s second-most infected nation after the United States, with just under 43 million Covid-19 cases.

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