LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wishes to host a half crowd in Rawalpindi and Lahore during Pakistan vs New Zealand white-ball tour in September-October.
Sources told ARY News that PCB will contact National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) later this month to propose a plan to allow crowds during New Zealand’s tour to Pakistan which will happen for the first time in 18 years.
PCB wants to allow vaccinated fans in the stadium during three ODIs at Rawalpindi and five T20Is at Gaddafi Stadium. Fans will only be able to buy tickets after showing vaccination certificates issued by the government’s health department.
Three ODIs are scheduled for 17, 19, and 21 September, whereas the T20I series will be played from 25 September to 3 October. The ICC World Test Championship winners will return to Pakistan next year to play Test matches.
New Zealand will be the first side to visit Pakistan in what will be a bumper 2021-22 season for the local cricket fans and supporters. Following New Zealand’s tour, England’s men and women sides will play white-ball matches in Pakistan before West Indies are expected to arrive in Karachi in December for three ODIs and three T20Is. Australia is scheduled to undertake a full tour in February/March 2022.
It must be noted here that New Zealand last toured Pakistan in November 2003 when they played five ODIs. A year before, their last Test appearance in Pakistan was at the Gaddafi Stadium in May 2002.