A day after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the schedule for the second phase of IPL 2021, the Sharjah Cricket Stadium authorities have confirmed that the stadium is ready to play safely. It is noteworthy that BCCI has allotted 10 matches out of the remaining 31 IPL matches to Sharjah. “We are ready and eagerly looking forward to hosting the IPL in a safe environment,” Khalaf Bukhatir, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sharjah Cricket Stadium said in a statement.
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“Our facilities are being upgraded and our pitches, as shown in the past, are ideal for an event like the IPL. It is our privilege to host this world class tournament once again. It is noteworthy that during IPL 2020, Sharjah Stadium witnessed the highest run chase in the history of IPL.
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At that time Rajasthan Royals had scored 223 runs against Punjab Kings. The first match on the ground this year will be on September 24 between three-time champions Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore, who could not win the title even once. Apart from this, the ground will also host two playoff matches. Qualifier 2 will also be played on October 11 and Eliminator match on October 13.