LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday relayed that the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) had approved 25 per cent crowd attendance for the upcoming Pakistan versus New Zealand matches.
New Zealand will arrive in Islamabad on September 11 with the three ODIs scheduled at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium will stage the five T20Is later.
The decision means around 4,500 spectators will be able to attend the ODIs scheduled on 17, 19 and 21 September, while about 5,500 spectators will be able to watch the 25 September, 26 September, 29 September, 1 October and 3 October T20Is.
Only spectators who are fully vaccinated and have Immunisation Certificate for Covid-19 will be allowed entry inside the stadium for New Zealand matches.
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.”
Wasim Khan said it would 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 would lead into the ICC T20 International World Cup.