PSL 2021: NCOC permits 20% spectators for group matches

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ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) on Thursday allowed 20% spectators in the course of the sixth version of Pakistan Super League (PSL) group matches, in line with a press release issued by the nation’s COVID-19 physique.

The announcement was made by the NCOC after detailed deliberations with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the well being officers.

“Review for playoffs in March in view of prevailing positivity ratio at that time,” it stated.

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

Fans must comply with 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,” stated a PCB official whereas elaborating the COVID-19 SOPs to be adopted.

According to the PCB, the NCOC and the cricket authorities 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,” stated the PCB in a separate assertion.

The PCB additional added that it’ll 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 stated that he was grateful to the NCOC for trusting the PCB and permitting restricted followers to observe reside motion of the Pakistan Super 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 stated.

“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,” Mani stated in a press release launched by the PCB.

“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 sport events are being played in empty stadium, this is a positive achievement and step in the right direction.”