Lahore: National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has allowed 25% of the fans to watch matches of the Pakistan-New Zealand series in Lahore and Rawalpindi, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced.
The Blackcaps are touring Pakistan after 18 years for three ODIs and five T20Is. The ODIs will be hosted by Pindi Cricket Stadium while Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium to host five T20Is.
A total of 4,500 spectators will be allowed to enter the stadium for the ODIs at the Pindi Cricket Stadium while 5,500 spectators will be allowed to enter the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore for the scheduled five T20 matches.
Only spectators who are fully vaccinated and have Immunisation Certificate for Covid-19 will be allowed entry inside the stadia.
Following the NCOC decision, the PCB will shortly announce ticket prices and other details for New Zealand’s first tour to Pakistan in 18 years.
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan: “Spectators are the essence of any sport event as they create an ambiance and atmosphere for the players to excel, perform and enjoy. In this background, we are grateful to the NCOC for allowing the PCB to invite 25 per cent crowds for the eight matches.
“I am sure following the NCOC decision, the unvaccinated cricket followers will expedite their vaccination process so that they can witness the first series on home soil between the two sides since 2003.
“This will be an opportunity for the spectators to not only enjoy some quality cricket in the season-opening series but also support and back players from either side as the ODIs count towards the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 qualification, while the T20Is will lead into the ICC T20 World Cup.”