25 percent audience is allowed for the upcoming matches between Pakistan and New Zealand.© Twitter
Pakistan announced Monday that it will allow a small number of Covid-19-vaccinated fans to join the limited over home series against New Zealand starting next month. New Zealand will play three one-day internationals and five Twenty20 internationals on their tour – their first to Pakistan in 18 years. “The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) has authorized 25 percent spectator attendance for the upcoming Pakistan-New Zealand matches,” the Pakistan Cricket Board said in a statement.
“The decision means that approximately 4,500 spectators will be able to attend the ODIs and approximately 5,500 spectators will be able to watch T20Is in Lahore.”
New Zealand will arrive in Islamabad on September 11 with the three ODIs scheduled at the Pindi cricket stadium on September 17, 19 and 21.
The Twenty20 internationals will be played on September 25, 26 and 29 and October 1 and 3.
Since the Covid-19 outbreak last year, Pakistan has hosted Zimbabwe and South Africa with no crowds allowed.
PCB chief executive Wasim Khan welcomed the change.
“Spectators are the essence of any sporting event as they create an atmosphere and atmosphere for the players to excel, perform and we hope the fans will enjoy it,” Khan said.
Pakistan will also host England for two Twenty20 internationals on October 14 and 15, both matches in Rawalpindi.
The UK tour is the first to Pakistan since 2005.
Pakistan resumes guest duties after teams refused to tour there for years due to security concerns. In 2009, the Sri Lankan team’s bus was attacked in Lahore, halting international cricket in Pakistan.
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