File photo of match between Pakistan and West Indies.AFP
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced that the One Day International (ODI) series between Pakistan and West Indies has been shifted from Rawalpindi to Multan. According to ESPNCricinfo, the decision was made due to political uncertainty in the country’s capital Islamabad, which is connected to Rawalpindi. The ODI series starts on June 8 and will feature three one-day internationals. It is part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.
The Pakistan Cricket Board had kept Multan as a backup option for the series, with former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan possibly planning protest rallies in the capital in the coming days.
Multan remained the only viable option for hosting the series, pitches were laid again in Lahore and Karachi, and renovations are underway at the Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar.
The games will start at 4 pm and a training camp will be organized by Pakistan in Lahore from June 1 to 4 before the squad leaves for Multan. The West Indies team will arrive in Islamabad on June 6 and will depart for Multan on a charter flight.
ODIs have been played from the scheduled series in December last year. Before the outbreak of a COVID-19 in the West Indies camp, there were only three T20Is which forced the ODI to be postponed.
There will be no bio-bubble for the series.
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