The National Command and Operational Center (NCOC) has given green signals to embrace 25% of the crowd in Pakistan’s home series versus the New Zealand due soon.
As revealed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), PAK vs NZ Series will witness a 25% filled ballpark. In the three-match ODI series, 25% of the crowd will accommodate around 4,500 spectators on 17, 19, and 21 September respectively.
On the other hand, the five-match T20I series cataloged to be played at Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore, will entertain around 5,500 watchers on 25, 26, 29 September, 1, 3 October sequentially. The guests will arrive in Islamabad on 11th September to kick start the ODI, T20I series.
Pakistan to embrace 25% crowd in home series vs New Zealand
Following the health and safety protocols, only those, who are fully vaccinated, will be allowed to enter the stadiums. The passers-by must have the Immunisation Certificate of COVID 19 to go through the stadium’s entrance.
Notably, it will be New Zealand’s first tour to Pakistan in 18 years. The PCB will announce the ticketing policies, pricing in a short course.
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan finds it as an immense success and says:
“Spectators are the essence of any sporting 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 percent 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.”