The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) of Pakistan has permitted strength of up to 20% crowds in the stadium to attend the upcoming Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 matches.
The sixth edition of PSL is slated to get underway from February 20 and will be played till March 22 at two venues, Lahore and Karachi.
According to the allowed capacity, around 7,500 spectators would be able to attend the matches at the National Stadium in Karachi. On the other hand, 5,500 spectators may buy tickets for the matches at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Expressing his gratitude to the NCOC, PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said, “I am thankful to the NCOC for trusting the PCB and allowing limited fans to watch the live-action of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2021. This is an endorsement that the PCB is an institution, which is capable of planning and then successfully implementing Covid-19 SOPs during its marquee event being staged in Pakistan for the second successive year.
“Fans are the PCB’s biggest asset and we are delighted that no matter a small number, but some will be able to have access to the matches. Their presence will add flavour and excitement to one of the biggest and most challenging leagues in the cricket calendar.
“I am optimistic that if we can maintain strict protocols during the HBL PSL 2021 matches we will have a strong case for more fans in the 2021-22 season in which we have to host high-profile international teams such as New Zealand, England and the West Indies as well as quality domestic events, including the National T20 Cup, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and the Pakistan Cup,” Mani concluded.