PSL 2021: fans with a stadium capacity of up to 20% may attend matches

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The next edition of the PSL will be played in Lahore and Karachi.© Twitter


A limited number of fans will be allowed to attend Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches in the coming weeks for the first time since strict coronavirus restrictions were introduced, cricket officials said Thursday. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said stadiums could be 20 percent full for this PSL, which will be played in Karachi and Lahore from February 20 to March 22.

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That means that there are approximately 7,500 tickets available for matches in Karachi and 5,500 for Lahore.

The board said it hoped health officials would consider allowing more fans to attend the playoffs.

“Fans are the PCB’s greatest asset and we are delighted,” said Chairman of the Board Ehsan Mani.

Last year, four league games were held without spectators in Karachi and Lahore before the playoffs were canceled after England’s batsman Alex Hales revealed symptoms of the virus.

The rest of the season was resisted, with three play-offs and a final with no spectators.

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The country of 220 million people has recorded more than half a million coronavirus cases and more than 11,000 deaths, but limited testing suggests the actual numbers are likely much higher.

Pakistan is currently playing behind closed doors against South Africa in a test match in Rawalpindi.

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