Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced abolishing the entry ticket for fans at the National Bank Cricket Arena during the second test match between Pakistan and New Zealand. 

The choice was probably made in response to the first test match, which failed to draw a sizable audience to the stands. For most of the five days of New Zealand’s first test on Pakistani territory since 2003, empty seats welcomed the sides. 

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Pakistan vs New Zealand 2022, PAK vs NZ 2022,Image Credits: PCB
Pakistan vs New Zealand 2022-23. Image Credits: PCB

PCB Trying Hard To Lure Crowd To The Stadium

The PCB’s most recent effort to lure the dwindling audience for the game’s longest format is to waive the ticket prices. 

A PCB press statement states that spectators can watch the event for free from any of the premium (Imran Khan, Quaid, Wasim Akram, and Zaheer Abbas), first class (Asif Iqbal, Waqar Hassan, and Majid Khan), and general enclosures (Muhammad Brothers and Intikhab Alam) as long as they have their authentic CNIC or B-form with them when they enter the stadium.

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Babar Azam (PC-PCB)

For the convenience of fans, shuttles will also operate between the Gareeb Nawaz parking lot and the National Bank Cricket Arena. After the weather in Multan made it impossible for the sole test match to be played there, Karachi will host the remainder of the visitors’ playing schedule. 

Series to Be Decided By Second Test

Notably, the opening match of the two-match Test series was abandoned owing to poor lighting, resulting in a tie. At 311/8, the hosts called off their second inning and set a 137-run target for the visitors. 

Before the game was suspended, Tim Southee’s team got a quick start to the run chase and reached 61/1 in just 7.3 overs. The developments of the series have changed as a result of the first game, with the second and final Test serving as a series-deciding game.

Pakistan vs New Zealand
Pakistan vs New Zealand (PC-AP)

From January 2 to January 6, Pakistan and New Zealand will play their second test. 

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