Ahead of the start of PSL 2022 from January 27, three overseas players James Faulkner, Shimron Hetmyer and Luke Wood have tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of their departure for the tournament. All three players will miss the first match for Quetta Gladiators in the seventh edition of the tournament against Peshawar Zalmi on January 28.
In the wake of the new Covid cases in Pakistan, the PCB has said that only 25 per cent of fans will be allowed to enter the stadiums. The board further said that the statement was issued by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on the number of fans allowed inside the stadiums. . The tournament starts in the national stadium in Karachi after which it is set to be shifted to Lahore from February 9.
Around 8000 fans will be allowed to enter the National Stadium in Karachi after following all the Covid protocols to ensure the health and safety of the fans. Individuals above the age of 123 years will only be allowed to enter inside the stadiums given they should be fully vaccinated and carry the vaccination certificates along with them. They should also be wearing masks mandatorily upon entry.
PCB Chief Operating Officer and PSL Tournament Director Salman Naseer said that he is expecting to see at least 15 per cent of fans for the PSL games in Karachi.
Hoping To See 25 Percent Fans In PSL 2022: Tournament Director Salman Naseer
“As a responsible organisation, we completely understand our obligations in relation to health and safety of the fans and will leave no stone unturned in strictly implementing the NCOC guidelines. However, we will also require complete and unconditional support from the spectators so that they and others can continue to enjoy the matches in a safe and secure environment. This is something they can do by simply following the guidelines” he said.
The NCOC will also decide on the number of fans that will be allowed to enter Gadaffi stadium for the second leg of PSL 2022.