Published:17 February 2021
The Pakistan Cricket Board announced that they had received official permission from the government to allow 20% crowds in the upcoming Pakistan Super League edition.
The decision means PSL 2021 will only have 7,500 spectators per match allowed at the National Stadium in Karachi and 5,000 spectators in Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium from February 20 to March 22.
It is also known that during the tournament, the PCB and the National Command and Operation Centre of Pakistan will operate in liaison. Before a decision is taken to lift crowd attendance for the playoffs and the PSL final, they will track the situation together.
After a fruitful meeting with NCOC over PSL 2021, PCB's chairman, Ehsan Mani, expressed his delight. With most tournaments around the world being held behind closed doors, he called it a 'step in the right direction' for Pakistan Cricket.
Ehsan Mani also hopes that if the PCB can maintain strict protocols during the PSL, during Pakistan's international home season and the domestic tournaments in 2021-22, they can press their case for more excellent crowd attendances.
The PCB efforts were praised for the excellent staging of all three of this season's major domestic tournaments - the National T20 Cup, the first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, and the recently concluded Pakistan Cup. Also currently underway is the home series against South Africa, consisting of two tests and three T20Is.