The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced that all the three T20 matches in the series against Zimbabwe will be shifted to Rawalpindi due to smog in Lahore while the remaining matches of PSL 2020 will be shifted to Karachi.
The PCB decided to shift the scheduled matches in Lahore to Rawalpindi and Karachi next month keeping in view the health of the players due to the possible intensity of smog in Lahore.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Wasim Khan said, “We have been keeping a close watch on the changing weather conditions for the last few weeks and as soon as we get information about the increase in smog in Lahore next month, we will not compromise on the health of the players and it has been decided to shift these matches to Rawalpindi and Karachi immediately.
“The PCB regrets that Lahore is not hosting the Pakistan Super League (PSL) play-off matches for the second time in a row, but the health of the players and officials is paramount to us,” he said.
“We are pleased that the Zimbabwe Cricket and PSL franchises have acknowledged our decision. We are grateful to them for their co-operation with the federal and provincial governments,” he said.
It should be noted that a series of three ODIs and three T20 matches will be played between Pakistan and Zimbabwe, which will start on October 30.
The Zimbabwean team has arrived in Pakistan for a series of ODIs and T20s.
The ODI series starting October 30 is very important for Pakistan as it marks the beginning of the International Cricket Council’s World Cup Super League, with the top seven teams eligible to participate directly in the event, while India The team has already qualified as hosts.
The ICC has introduced the Super League to provide one-day cricket and will serve as a qualifier for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
The three ODIs between Pakistan and Zimbabwe were originally scheduled for Multan but were shifted to Rawalpindi due to logistical and operational challenges.