PSL 2022: The Pakistani government eased Covid restrictions on Monday. They have increased the audience capacity for PSL matches in Lahore from 25 percent to 50 percent until February 15. Also, it will be 100 percent thereafter. A key meeting of the National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) did take place under Minister Asad Umar, during which there is consent to allow full spectators. Children under the age of 12 can also enter the stadium, according to the NCOC. Vaccination would be mandatory for fans to access the stadium.

“The PCB is now allowed to conduct PSL’s Lahore matches with 50 percent capacity for vaccinated spectators till February 15.”

The NCOC said in a statement

“However, from February 16 onwards 100 percent stadium capacity for spectators will be possible. Children under 12 years of age (un-vaccinated) will also be allowed.”

PCB chief reacting to the decision

“Great news for Under -12’s. Now you can watch Lahore’s leg of HBL PSL. It makes my tournament and yours too, right. A big thank you to NCOC.”

Ramiz Raja posted on social media

PSL 2022: “This will encourage families to attend the high-quality matches,” says PSL Director Salman Naseer

PSL 2022: Stadiums Can Allow Full Capacity Crowds from February 16th
PSL 2022: Stadiums Can Allow Full Capacity Crowds from February 16th

Salman Nasser, the Director of PSL, praised the NCOC for agreeing to allow children under the age of 12 to watch matches.

“We hail the decision of the NCOC to allow under-12s to attend the PSL matches in Lahore.”

PSL Tournament Director Salman Naseer said.

“Under-12s are critical to our future plans as we have put together a robust and comprehensive Pathways Programme. This is so that we can identify and nurture talented youngsters into international stars. This NCOC decision will go a long way in helping us in our endeavours,”

Australia Announced Squad for Pakistan Tour

Australia has chosen a full-strength team for their first foreign Test tour in over three years. Ashton Agar is the lone newcomer in this Ashes-winning side. For the first time in over 25 years, the Australians will play in Pakistan. Mitch Marsh, Josh Inglis, and Mitchell Swepson are all in inclusion for the 18-man squad of Australia’s historic three-Test series in Pakistan.

The fact that no Test players have pulled out is a vote of confidence for a tour that was only given the go-ahead last week after a meeting of the Cricket Australia Board. Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood returns from injury, while Scott Boland, who was one of Australia’s standout players during the 4-0 Ashes triumph over England, keeps his spot. Officials undertook detailed security evaluations for the first tour by an Australian team to Pakistan since the 2009 terrorist attack in Lahore on the Sri Lankan team bus.

Fears that senior players might withdraw from the visit owing to security concerns were found untrue. Both England and New Zealand had withdrawn from tours of Pakistan late last year.

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