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PSL 7: PCB wants NCOC to allow 50pc crowd for Lahore matches

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KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has requested the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) to allow a 50pc crowd in the Lahore leg of the seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL7).

“A decision is expected within the next couple of days,” the sources said.

National Command and Operation Centre, on January 19 had lowered the capacity of PSL 2022 Karachi leg crowd to 25% and announced that children under the age of 12-year-old did not allow to enter the stadium.

Before that NCOC allowed 100pc capacity in the PSL 7 matches but due to the increasing rate of Omicron variant-related corona-virus all across Karachi, the decision was changed.

An official of the PCB had confirmed that as being fully vaccinated is the primary condition for spectators to enter the stadium, fans who are under 12 years of age are not allowed to enter as they’re currently not eligible to receive vaccines.

Earlier on February 2, a young Pakistani cricket fan Hamza expressed his disappointment with the decision in a viral video, saying: “My name is Mohammad Hamza Faraz, and I am 11 years old, we came to see the match at the National Stadium today, but we are being refused entry. So, my question is, will we be allowed to enter on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays? If we are allowed, it’s good, and if we are not, what’s the use of PSL?” a little fan questioned.

In response to that PCB Chairman, Ramiz Raja said, “Hamza I saw your video and can empathize with your sentiments. In that video, your enthusiasm for PSL is commendable but unfortunately, children under the age of 12 are not permitted due to COVID-19 guidelines.”

“That’s why I’ve chosen to speak with you directly. Best wishes, I hope you are watching the matches on television and that you will go on to become a great cricketer in the future,” Raja concluded.

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