The Pakistan Cricket Board have announced that they’ll allow 20% crowd in the stadium for the upcoming edition of the Pakistan Super League after getting a green signal from the Pakistan government.
Six teams will be competing for the title in the mega event that gets underway on February 20. All matches of the tournament will be played in Karachi and Lahore.
The decision to increase the number of spectators for the playoffs and the finals will be taken by PCB and Pakistan’s National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) after monitoring the situation.
Expressing his delight on the decision, PCB chairman Ehsan Mani said that having fans in the stadium will add a flavour to the tournament.
“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. 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 stadiums, this is a positive achievement and step in the right direction.”
Ehsan Mani also emphasized on the fact a successful organization of the PSL 2021 will open the doors for larger crowd attendance in Pakistan’s international home season.
“I am optimistic that if we can maintain strict protocols during the HBL PSL 2021 matches we will have a strong case for more fans in the 2021-22 season in which we have to host high-profile international teams such as New Zealand, England and the West Indies as well as quality domestic events, including the National T-20 Cup Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and the Pakistan Cup” Mani added.