With rain playing spoilsport in the first ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Karachi, many cricket fans took to social media to express their displeasure over PCB’s ordinary arrangements to host an international series.
The first match of the three-ODI series was called off without a ball being bowled at Karachi’s National Stadium on Friday. This was supposed to be the first ODI in Karachi in 10 years but with its cancellation, many fans wondered if PCB could’ve handled the situation better. It was also the first-ever ODI washout at the venue.
Despite the stoppage of rain, the groundsmen showed little enthusiasm to begin the repair work. Drains in the stadium were clogged and the absence of super soppers and shortage of covers evoked anger among fans, especially those in attendance. Here are a few reactions following the washout:
The second One-Day International between Pakistan and Sri Lanka has been rescheduled from Sunday to Monday. The decision was made mutually by the two boards to allow the ground staff enough time to prepare the outfield for next week’s play. This week’s heavy rains, including on Friday afternoon, has left the outfield soggy, with the staff requiring at least two days to get the ground up and running.
Sri Lanka’s tour of Pakistan consists of three ODIs in Karachi that will be followed by three T20Is in Lahore.
According to Dawn, 4,500 policemen were deployed on routes, hotels and the stadium. In the vicinity of the stadium, around 1,300 policemen will be performing security duties.