Lahore will no longer host the three T20I matches between Zimbabwe and Pakistan, or the four playoff games in the PSL, because of seasonal smog.
Taking into consideration the health and wellbeing of professional athletes and match officials due to the recent deterioration in the air quality caused by an early onset of intense air pollution in Lahore, which is expected to deepen next month, the Pakistan Cricket Board today decided to relocate scheduled matches at the cricket headquarters to Rawalpindi and Karachi.
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.
Originally all these games were scheduled to take place at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore but smog had other plans. CEO of Pakistan Cricket Board Mr.Wasim Khan stated:
“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 well-being of the players or officials,” he further added.
“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.”
This marks the second time the venue for part of the Zimbabwe series has been changed. Just a fortnight ago, logistical challenges forced the PCB to replace Multan, originally clocked in to host three games, with Lahore, with disagreement between the PCB and the city government in Multan over financial outlay. This prompted the board to decide to take the series elsewhere.
Pakistan v Zimbabwe:
Sat, 7 Nov – 1st T20I at Rawalpindi
Sun, 8 Nov – 2nd T20I at Rawalpindi
Tues, 10 Nov – 3rd T20I at Rawalpindi
HBL PSL 2020 (Playoffs)
Sat, 14 Nov – Qualifier (Multan Sultans v Karachi Kings) / Eliminator 1 (Lahore Qalandars v Peshawar Zalmi)
Sunday, 15 Nov – Eliminator 2 (loser Qualifier v winner Eliminator 1)
Tuesday, 17 Nov – Final