Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to relocate scheduled matches at the cricket headquarters to Rawalpindi and Karachi due to smog situation in Lahore.
This rescheduling due to weather conditions impacts the three T20Is between Pakistan and Zimbabwe, and the remaining four HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 fixtures, which will now be held in Rawalpindi and Karachi, respectively, on the dates announced earlier.
PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said, “We have been keeping a close eye on air quality forecasts over the last two weeks. Following the sudden deterioration in air quality and now further expected air pollution in November, we have made a swift decision to move the matches scheduled in Lahore.
“The early onset of hazardous pollution and subsequent poor air quality meant that the risk to keep matches in Lahore at this stage was too great. An early decision was made to ensure logistical challenges could be dealt with sooner rather than later. We cannot and will not compromise on the health and wellbeing of the players or officials.
“The decision to move matches from Lahore was not one that was taken lightly. For the sake of everyone involved and to ensure the remaining four matches of the HBL PSL and the three T20Is against Zimbabwe were completed without risk or interruption, it was important to move the matches.
“I am grateful to Zimbabwe Cricket, the franchise owners, broadcast partners and our valued commercial partners for their understanding in supporting our decision.
“We also want to thank the federal and provincial governments, as well as law enforcing agencies for their understanding and continued support.”
Pakistan v Zimbabwe (matches to start at 03.30pm PST)
November 7 – 1st T20, Rawalpindi
November 8 – 2nd T20I, Rawalpindi
November 10 – 3rd T20I, Rawalpindi
HBL PSL 2020 (remaining four matches)
November 14 – Qualifier (Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings), (03:00pm-6.30pm), Karachi; Eliminator 1 (Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi), (08:00pm-11.30pm), Karachi
November 15 – Eliminator 2 (loser Qualifier v winner Eliminator 1), (08:00pm-11.30pm), Karachi
November 17 – Final, (08:00pm-11.30pm), Karachi