Remaining matches of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 5 at National Stadium Karachi will be played without the crowd.
Following advice from the Sindh Government late Thursday afternoon, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has made this decision to better protect the health and safety of the spectators, players, officials, and media. The decision will be enforced from Friday, 13 March, while for the Thursday, 12 March, fixture, the PCB and the Sindh Government have strongly advised the spectators to continue to take all necessary precautionary measures (reproduced below).
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.