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Full capacity crowd allowed for Pak-Aus matches

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ISLAMABAD: National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) has permitted 100% spectators at stadiums during the Pakistan-Australia series after allowing a full-capacity crowd for the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

“PCB is allowed to conduct Pakistan vs Australia cricket matches scheduled [to take place] from 4th March to 5th April 2022 with 100% of the stadium capacity […],” a notification issued by the national Covid-19 body read.

The forum has also allowed children below the age of 12 to watch the matches live from the stadiums. It, however, has issued some standard operating procedures (SOPs) to be strictly adhered to during the matches.

Australia’s cricket team has flown into Pakistan on their first tour of the country in nearly a quarter of a century – and into a security bubble that will envelop them throughout their six-week stay.

Pakistan have struggled to attract visiting sides since a fatal terror attack on the visiting Sri Lanka team’s bus in 2009.

Australia pulled out of a tour five years earlier after a suicide blast at a Lahore church.

They last played in Pakistan in 1998, winning a three-Test series 1-0 and blanking the hosts in the three one-day internationals.

“They have landed,” a Pakistani security official said while Australia batsman Steve Smith posted a picture on Twitter saying the team had arrived.

Australia will play three Tests, three one-day internationals, and one Twenty20 match before leaving on April 6.

Having been forced to play their home games abroad – mainly in the United Arab Emirates – Pakistan appeared to have reassured international cricket authorities last year, with both New Zealand and England scheduled to tour.

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