The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 could be set to welcome fully-vaccinated spectators to stadiums at a 25% capacity, according to reports.
This year’s event is set to take place across Mumbai and Pune, which are located in the Indian state of Maharashtra.
Ahead of the March 26 start date for the cricket competition, the Maharashtra Government met with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to discuss the running of the tournament.
PTI reported that The Maharashtra Government approved the attendance of those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in a statement.
In a series of tweets, Cabinet Minister of Tourism and Environment for the Government of Maharashtra, Aditya Thackeray, who was present at the meeting, said: “To ensure the smooth flow of the IPL, Minister Eknath Shinde ji and I conducted a joint meeting of IPL, BCCI with officers of Police and Municipal Corporations of Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai.
“For Pune, the meeting will be held soon, proposed to be chaired by DCM sir to ensure that the tournament is successfully carried out in all our city venues.
“IPL coming to Maharashtra ensures that the games aren’t played overseas. This is a huge boost for the country, as well as Maharashtra in terms of economy, morale and for the passion of cricket fans.”
To ensure the smooth flow of the @IPL, Minister @mieknathshinde ji and I conducted a joint meeting of IPL, @BCCI with officers of Police and Municipal Corporations of Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai. pic.twitter.com/p7FhEv2BYM
— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) March 2, 2022
According to the ESPNcricinfo report, numerous venues across the state have been earmarked as training venues for IPL teams.
Bandra Kurla Complex Ground, which is also home to the MCA, DY Patil Stadium, Cricket Club of India and Reliance Corporate Park are all locations based in Maharashtra.