Heavy unseasonal rains drive second ODI to be postponed to September 30

The second ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka has been postponed by a day owing to unseasonal rains that left Karachi’s Nationwide Stadium waterlogged, washing out the first game of the sequence within the course of. With extra rain anticipated on the day of the second sport – Sunday, September 29 – the Pakistan Cricket Board, in session with the Sri Lanka Cricket Board, has rescheduled the sport to Monday, September 30.

“This week’s heavy rains, together with on Friday afternoon, has left the outfield soggy, with the groundstaff requiring at the very least two full days to make the bottom match for cricket,” a PCB media assertion mentioned. “The PCB has additionally introduced tickets bought for Friday, 27 September, shall be legitimate for both 30 September or 2 October ODI, whereas tickets bought for Sunday, 29 September, match can also be used for both 30 September or 2 October ODI. As per the PCB ticketing coverage for the sequence, the PCB can even enable refund of all tickets for Friday’s match.”

PCB director of worldwide cricket Zakir Khan mentioned, “This week’s unseasonal heavy rains have compelled us to evaluation the sequence schedule. I’m grateful to Sri Lanka Cricket in addition to our host broadcasters for agreeing to amend the match schedule to make sure there aren’t any additional abandonments as a result of rain in what is a vital bilateral FTP sequence for Pakistan.”

Sudden rain in Karachi had put this sport unsure as early as 48 hours earlier than the scheduled begin, with the town lashed by heavy afternoon rains every of the previous three days. With a coaching session cancelled on Wednesday and solely a brief one potential on Thursday, the sq. had been underneath covers all this whereas. This afternoon, when maybe the heaviest spell of rain all week descended upon the Nationwide Stadium, cancellation was inevitable.

It’s under no circumstances a well-known phenomenon for the town, this match being the primary ODI ever to be deserted due to the climate in Karachi.