The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has given permission to allow 25 per cent crowd attendance for the upcoming series between Pakistan and New Zealand in September.

For the ODI’s which are scheduled to be played in Rawalpindi, around 4,500 spectators will be allowed to enter the stadium while 5,550 for the T20 clashes in Lahore.

The spectators who are fully vaccinated and have vaccination certificates 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 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 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.”

The Kiwis will arrive in Pakistan on September 11 and will play three ODI’s on 17,19 and 21 September in Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. This will be followed by five T20I’s in Lahore’s iconic Gaddafi Stadium.

The story was filed by the News Desk.
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