Pakistan Super League season six is set to start from 20th February and go on till 22nd March. Earlier this month, Pakistan Cricket Board requested National Command Operation Center (NCOC) to give permission for a limited number of spectators to attend the games of this year’s PSL.
The appeal has been accepted by NCOC and it has made a decision to allow 20% of crowd into the stadiums. National Stadium Karachi would see 7,500 fans while Gaddafi stadium would be able to host 5,500 fans. The details about the ticketing process are yet to be made public.
It is also said that if the covid situation sees better days then the PCB and NCOC would coordinate to allow a higher number of crowds for the playoffs and final.
NCOC reached this result after PCB assured that the event management would be sternly adhering to the SOPS issued by the government of Pakistan.
The chairman of PCB, Ehsan Mani expressed his gratitude for NCOC in a statement which said;
“I am thankful to the NCOC for trusting the PCB and allowing limited fans to watch live action of the HBL 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.”
He further stressed upon the importance of aficionado filling the stadium with their cheerful presence.
“Fans are the PCBs biggest asset and we are delighted that no matter a small number, 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 sports events are being played in an empty stadium, this is a positive achievement and step in the right direction.”