File photo of a match between Pakistan and West Indies.©TAUT
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced that the One Day International Series (ODI) between Pakistan and West Indies has been moved from Rawalpindi to Multan. According to The AU Times, the decision is due to political uncertainty in the country’s capital, Islamabad, which is adjacent to Rawalpindi. The ODI series will start from June 8 and three one-day internationals will take place in the series. It is part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.
Multan has been retained as a back-up option for the series by the Pakistan Cricket Board, with former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan potentially planning protest rallies in the capital in the coming days.
Multan remained the only viable option to host the series, with grounds redone in Lahore and Karachi, and Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar being refurbished.
Matches will start at 4 p.m. and a training camp will be hosted by Pakistan from June 1-4 in Lahore, before the team travels to Multan. The West Indies team will arrive in Islamabad on June 6 and travel to Multan on a charter flight.
The ODIs were carried over from last year’s scheduled series in December. Only three T20Is could take place before an outbreak of COVID-19 in the West Indies camp forced the ODIs to be postponed.
There will be no bio-bubble for the series.
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