Pakistan to allow jabbed fans for NZ games

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Pakistan will allow spectators who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend their upcoming home limited-overs cricket series against New Zealand.

Grounds will be at 25 per cent capacity for the series which will feature three one-dayers at Rawalpindi from September 17 and five Twenty20 internationals in Lahore from September 25.

New Zealand will arrive in Islamabad on September 11.

"Only spectators who are fully vaccinated and have Immunisation Certificate for COVID-19 will be allowed entry inside the stadia," the Pakistan Cricket Board said on Monday.

Rawalpindi's Pindi Cricket Stadium will be able to welcome 4,500 spectators for the ODIs while Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore can have a crowd of around 5,500 for the T20 matches.

Crowd figures have been approved by the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC), a military-run body that oversees COVID-19 operations in Pakistan.

"I am sure following the NCOC decision, the unvaccinated cricket followers will expedite their vaccination process so that they can witness the first series on home soil between the two sides since 2003," PCB CEO Wasim Khan said.

Pakistan has reported about 1.16 million cases of COVID-19 with over 25,600 deaths, according to government data.

International cricket returned to Pakistan in 2019 after opposing teams had refused to travel following a militant attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009 that killed six policemen and two civilians.

The country has since hosted South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

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