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PSL 2020: After Karachi, Lahore matches to be played behind closed doors as well

PSL 2020: After Karachi, Lahore matches to be played behind closed doors as well

All the remaining matches of the HBL Pakistan Super League will take place in front of empty stands with the Pakistan Cricket Board deciding the games in Lahore will also be limited to a 'TV-only' affair.

This decision has been enforced in Lahore following an advice from the Punjab Government, taking into account the fears regarding the spread of the coronavirus.

Earlier, the PCB had announced the Karachi games would be held behind closed doors since the city has reported the most number of COVID-19 cases in the country. Although Lahore has not yet confirmed a case of the viral illness, the PCB has implemented on the precautionary guidelines given by the provincial government.

According to the PCB release, "decision will not impact accredited commercial partners, media and other service providers, who will be allowed to enter the Gaddafi Stadium".

The immediate families of players and player support personnel including the franchise owners can attend the matches as well.

The coronavirus threat prompted the exodus of several overseas players from the league recently with Peshawar Zalmi hit the hardest as five of its foreign recruits pulled out of the tournament.

Lahore is scheduled to host four matches starting with the clash between Multan Sultans and Lahore Qalandars on Sunday. Gaddafi Stadium will then witness two semi-finals on Tuesday, followed by the grand finale on Wednesday.

The last PSL encounter staged in the presence of spectators was Karachi Kings' 10-wicket rout of Lahore Qalandars at the National Stadium yesterday.