PSL7: Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium returning to full capacity from Feb 16
PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja lauds NCOC for allowing children under 12 years old to enter the stadium
ISLAMABAD – Gaddafi Cricket Stadium is set to return to full capacity as Pakistan’s top monitoring body on novel Covid-19 has decided to ease restrictions for the second leg of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2022.
The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) said Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) got the approval to allow 50 percent spectators of the stadium’s capacity in matches till February 15 while full crowd occupancy has been allowed for the remainder of the flagship cricket league.
Earlier, officials allowed only 25 percent occupancy during the first leg of the tournament in Karachi.
The decision was taken in an NCOC meeting chaired by Asad Umar. Amid a major drop in Covid cases, officials have decided to abolish Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) for inbound passengers from tomorrow.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja on Monday appreciated the National Command and Operation Centre’s (NCOC) decision to move up the capacity of spectators from 25% to 50% during the Lahore leg matches of the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL).
In a statement, Raja said he was hopeful that the stadium will be filled with a good crowd.
The former cricketer was also glad that children under 12 will also be allowed to enter the stadium, adding that these cricket festivals are organised for children “I am glad the NCOC has allowed them to enter the stadium.”
PCB chief said he is hopeful that Lahore leg matches will be as entertaining as Karachi leg matches, however, he lamented that the authorities had devised a master plan for cricket lovers during PSL 7 but implementation wasn’t possible due to COVID-related restrictions.
The Lahore leg matches — which will be staged completely under the lights of the Gaddafi Stadium — will kick start on February 10, with the unbeaten Multan Sultans facing off against Peshawar Zalmi.
He mentioned that he himself monitored the preparation of pitches today, assuring that he will try his best to make good pitches.
“Only good pitches can make us a great team,” Ramiz Raja reiterated.
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