Pakistani cricket fans will have to wait another couple of days to witness international cricket in their backyard as Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI has been abandoned due to wet outfield.
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI was scheduled to start at 3:00 PM, but the rain played a spoil sport, the match referee, David Boon, decided to abandon the match.
It started to rain just before the toss and kept going with the full swing for two hours. Water gathered in the outfield, and the match-referee decided that it was not possible to dry the ground due to weak drainage system at the National Stadium Karachi.
The fans who travelled from all over the country were not happy with the match being called off, but they appreciated the Sri Lankan Cricket Board and players who are here for a two-week-long tour. The cricket lovers remain hopeful to witness the return of ODI cricket in Marital Stadium Karachi after ten years when Pakistan will take on Sri Lanka in the 2nd ODI of the series on Monday.
Pakistan Cricket Board Rescheduled The Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI
The weather is not favouring cricket in Pakistan as the rain is again expected to pour in on Sunday. Keeping the weather forecast in mind, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has rescheduled the 2nd ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The 2nd ODI will now be played on Monday instead of Sunday. However, the venue will remain the same (National Stadium Karachi).
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) tweeted:
Second #PAKvSL ODI rescheduled for Monday
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— PCB Media (@TheRealPCBMedia) September 27, 2019
All of the three ODIs are scheduled to be played at the same venue on September 27, 30 and October 2. After the completion of the ODI series, the teams will move to Sri Lanka where they will face each other in three T20Is.
Sri Lanka Cricket Team has expressed trust in the security arrangements in Pakistan. The visitors had a very entertaining practice session in the National Stadium Karachi last night.
Before that, they had a good photo session in the team hotel. Some of the players tried their hands on the carom board.
Weekend by the withdrawals, the Sri Lankan team looks confident to give a tough time to the hosts.
In the trophy unveiling ceremony, Sri Lanka’s stand-in skipper Lahiru Thirimanne said that his boys were ready to play their best cricket. He added that they enjoyed the hospitality in Pakistan so far and he hoped that the tour goes well.