LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has moved three Twenty20 Internationals from Lahore to Rawalpindi while the remainder of Pakistan Super League matches will be played in Karachi due to the smog situation in the Punjab capital.
“Taking into account the health and well-being of professional athletes and match officials due to the recent drop in air quality caused by the intense air pollution in Lahore, which is expected to increase next month, the Pakistan Cricket Board said today. decided to move the fixtures at the cricket base to Rawalpindi and Karachi, “PCB said in a statement on Friday.
“Rescheduling due to weather conditions impacted the three T20Is between Pakistan and Zimbabwe, and the remaining four HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 matches, which will now be held in Rawalpindi and Karachi, respectively, on previously announced dates.”
The T20 matches against Zimbabwe will be held on the same date on 7, 8 and 10. November. PSL matches will be held as the previous date from November 14th to 17th.
PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said the board had been “keeping an eye on air quality forecasts for the past two weeks.”
“The onset of dangerous pollution and poor air quality means that the risk of maintaining matches in Lahore at this stage is too great,” he was quoted as saying in the news release. “The initial decision was made to ensure logistical challenges can be handled sooner rather than later. We cannot and will not compromise the health and well-being of players or officials.
“The decision to move the match from Lahore is not a decision that can be taken lightly. For the sake of everyone involved and to ensure the remaining four HBL PSL and three T20I matches against Zimbabwe are completed without risk or distraction, it is important to move matches. “
Meanwhile, the High Performance department has decided that players appearing in the first-class Quaid-i-Azam Cup will be released after the third round of matches to spend their break at home. Before returning to Karachi for the fourth round of action, which begins on November 20, players will undergo a home Covid-19 test and then another test upon arrival. Players with two negative tests will be allowed to integrate with their respective sides.
“We were careful and careful of the mental health of the players during the Covid-19 times and, therefore, this is a good opportunity for them to return to their homes when the event takes an 11 day break, spending quality time with the family. they. and friends, and rejoined on November 18th to finish the tournament, “High Performance Director Nadeem Khan said.
Pakistan v Zimbabwe (kick-off at 15.30 PST):
1 T20: 7 November (Rawalpindi)
2 T20: 8 November (Rawalpindi)
Third T20: 10 November (Rawalpindi)
Pakistan Super League (match in Karachi):
November 14: Qualification (Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings) (15.00-18.30); Eliminator 1 (Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi) (20.00-23.30).
November 15: Eliminator 2 (loser Qualifier v winner Eliminator 1) (20.00-23.30).
17 November: Final (Qualifier winner v Eliminator 2 winner) (20.00-23.30).
Published in Dawn, October 24, 2020
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