June 21, 2021

Pakistan move T20I series due to smog

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By PA Media

Last Updated: 23/10/20 5:58pm

Pakistan have moved November's Twenty20 series against Zimbabwe to Rawalpindi due to the early onset of smog in Lahore Pakistan have moved November's Twenty20 series against Zimbabwe to Rawalpindi due to the early onset of smog in Lahore

Pakistan have moved November’s Twenty20 series against Zimbabwe to Rawalpindi due to the early onset of smog in Lahore

Pakistan have decided to move November’s Twenty20 series against Zimbabwe to Rawalpindi due to the early onset of smog in Lahore.

Lahore was scheduled to host the three T20s on November 7, 8 and 10 but the city’s deteriorating air quality and the prospect of conditions worsening has led to the Pakistan Cricket Board relocating the games.

Teenage batsman Haider Ali has been named in a 22-man Pakistan squad for the white-ball games against Zimbabwe Teenage batsman Haider Ali has been named in a 22-man Pakistan squad for the white-ball games against Zimbabwe

Teenage batsman Haider Ali has been named in a 22-man Pakistan squad for the white-ball games against Zimbabwe

Rawalpindi is also staging all three one-day internationals between the teams between October 30, November 1 and November 3.

“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,” PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said.

“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.”

Pakistan squad: Babar Azam, Haider Ali, Abdullah Shafique, Imam ul Haq, Harris Sohail, Abid Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Rohail Nazir, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf, Musa Khan, Wahab Riaz, Usman Qadar, Zafar Gohar.