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  • NCOC’s resolution implies that round 7,500 ticketed spectators will probably be allowed entry contained in the Nationwide Stadium per match day.

  • NCOC, the PCB will work collectively to make sure the implementation of coronavirus sops.

  • The league will probably be performed in Karachi and Lahore from 20 February to 22 March.


KARACHI: The Nationwide Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) has allowed a restrict of 20% spectators to attend the Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL) 2021 matches which will probably be performed in Karachi and Lahore from 20 February to 22 March.

In keeping with an announcement by NCOC, after detailed deliberations with well being officers, it has been determined with strict pointers already issued that 20% of spectators will probably be allowed for PSL group matches.

“Review for playoffs in march in view of prevailing positivity ratio at that time,” mentioned the NCOC assertion following a gathering with PCB officers.

The choice means round 7,500 ticketed spectators will probably be allowed entry contained in the Nationwide Stadium per match day, whereas round 5,500 will be capable of attend every match day on the Gaddafi Stadium.

Followers should observe strict SOPs throughout their time on the stadium throughout PSL matches.

“They won’t be allowed to touch the ball, they won’t be able to bring food from outside, they will have to wear a mask and maintain social distance all the time,” mentioned a PCB official whereas elaborating SOPs.

Learn extra: PSL 2021: Spectators will probably be allowed in restricted numbers, say sources

In keeping with PCB, the NCOC and the PCB will proceed to work collectively and monitor the scenario earlier than a choice to extend crowd numbers for the three playoffs and the ultimate is made.

“The NCOC made the decision following a detailed and comprehensive briefing by the PCB officials, in which they assured that the event organisers and the PCB will strictly follow government Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures, including social distancing,” mentioned PCB in a separate assertion.

PCB has additional added that it’s going to quickly announce its ticketing coverage to supply additional readability to the followers on how they will buy tickets and the method to enter/exit the venues in the course of the matches.

PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani mentioned that he was grateful to the NCOC for trusting the PCB and permitting restricted followers to look at the stay motion of the Pakistan Tremendous 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,” Ehsan Mani mentioned.

“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.”

“We understand not everyone will get an opportunity to watch the matches due to the limited number of seats, but these are baby steps and considering that most of the sports events are being played in an empty stadium, this is a positive achievement and step in the right direction,” Mani mentioned in a press release launched by the PCB”, he added.

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