Pakistan vs New Zealand white-ball series to have 25 percent crowd capacity

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30 Aug 2021 | 01:42 PM
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Pakistan vs New Zealand white-ball series to have 25 percent crowd capacity

The tour will begin with the ODI series in Rawalpindi and the action will then shift to the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore for the T20Is

Pakistan's limited-overs series against New Zealand will witness 25 percent of crowd capacity. The two teams will clash in three One-Day Internationals (ODI) and five T20 Internationals (T20I), starting September 17.

The tour will begin with the ODI series in Rawalpindi and the action will then shift to the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore for the T20Is. As a result, the ODIs will see approximately 4,500 people in the stands while in the T20I series around 5,500 people will be allowed.

However, only those who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and can provide proof of the same will be allowed inside the stadium. "Spectators are the essence of any sport 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 [National Command and Operation Centre] for allowing the PCB to invite 25 percent crowds for the eight matches," said PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan on Monday (August 30). 

"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," he added.

The tour will end on October 3, following which New Zealand will head to the UAE to take part in the T20 World Cup. Incidentally, Pakistan and New Zealand will take on each other at the mega event as well on October 26 in Sharjah. Pakistan, on the other hand, will host England for two T20Is before heading to the UAE.

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