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PSL marks return of fans to stadiums

 Sports Desk

 Published: 04:15 PM, 20 February 2021  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Spectators will return to cricket stadiums in Pakistan for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began when the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League begins in the southern port city of Karachi on Saturday.

The government has allowed the Pakistan Cricket Board to admit 20% capacity of fans inside the stadiums for the country’s premier T20 league, maintaining proper social distancing and making masks mandatory for spectators.

The decision meant National Stadium in Karachi will accommodate 7,500 fans and Lahore’s Qaddafi Stadium 5,500.

Quetta Gladiators wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed said, “Without the crowd, there was no enjoyment.”

It’s great news that we will be playing in front of our own crowds after a long time, he added.

During the pandemic, the PCB successfully hosted two international series against Zimbabwe and South Africa in empty stadiums besides organizing more than 200 domestic cricket matches in a bio-secure bubble.

The PCB is confident that it is now well-versed in implementing its COVID-19 procedures, with only one local player being expelled for violating protocols during a domestic game.

More than 120 players, 60 support staff, and about a dozen match officials will remain in a bio-secure bubble for the PSL tournament.