Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that the crowd will not be allowed in the remaining matches of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) at National Stadium.
According to the details, the decision has been taken on special directives of Sindh’s Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali as more cases of Coronavirus have been reported in last couple of days.
“The matches will go on as per schedule but we can’t take any more risk. All the gates of the stadium will be closed for spectators. I hope fans will cooperate with authorities and try to understand that the decision has been taken to better protect the health and safety of the spectators, players, officials, and media,” he said in a video message.
The decision will not impact accredited commercial partners, media and other service providers, who will be allowed to enter the National Stadium. In addition, immediate families of the competing players and player support personnel, as well as franchise owners, will be allowed to attend matches.
In the meantime, the PCB has advised all players to avoid shaking hands and have also urged the fans not to approach the players for autographs, photographs, and selfies.
In addition to this, the PCB has decided the sides will not be required to shake hands with each other or opposition in the lead up to and during the matches and use a fist bump / verbal greeting instead.