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Smog Spoils Windies Tour to Pakistan for T20Is

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Previously in May this year Pakistan clinch three-match T20I series by 2-1 against Windies on Caribbean Soil. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

As the thick blanket of smog has choked metropolitan city, Lahore of Pakistan since the beginning of November, the Windies historic tour to Pakistan has been canceled until next year, according to the fresh reports.

The sources revealed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to defer the historic three-match series against Windies due to the affected visibility in the mega city, as the second reason has been Caribbean senior players are representing their respective teams during the ongoing edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

The main reason is that weather conditions in Lahore right now make it impossible for cricket to take place,” the official of PCB was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune.

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In March 2017, Gaddafi Stadium hosted the final of the second edition of PSL. Photo Credit: Web.

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After the weather has played a spoilsport for the organizers, the Board decided not to take any further chance, as the ongoing domestic competition Quaid-e-Azam Trophy has been somewhat affected by the smog.

“Even domestic matches for the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy have been disturbed so the PCB have decided to delay the series.” the official added.

On the other side, the meteorological department was unsure when the heavy smog would clear off which further became the cause of the concern for the Board itself.

After Windies Cricket Board agreed to fly to Pakistan, the star players including Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard, and Sunil Narine are making an impact in the seventh edition of the BPL alongside Carlos Braithwaite and Evin Lewis.

“The West Indies series has been postponed until next year for a number of reasons (including Windies marquee players),” the official maintained.

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Three-match T20I series culminated with a match in Lahore which saw Pakistan sealing the series 3-0. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

After Faf du Plessis-led World XI followed by Thirsa Perera-led expressed satisfaction over the security in Pakistan, the official privy to the Board reiterated the security concern had been taken up.

“A few of the players are unavailable at the moment and there have also been concern about security,” an official asserted.

After Windies Cricket Board agreed to fly to Pakistan, the star players including Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard, and Sunil Narine are making an impact in the seventh edition of the BPL.

Interestingly, Windies Board didn’t release any itinerary for Pakistan tour. However, they announced the dates for New Zealand series which is scheduled between December 1 and January 3.

“The series was already looking difficult since the West Indies had announced their series with New Zealand,” the PCB official further added.

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Thisara Perera Hashim Amla were the part of World XI in September. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Moreover, the hosts were eagerly waiting to host the three-match series which were slated at the iconic Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

“The PCB was still hopeful of a tour this year but considering weather conditions, they decided to postpone it until next year now,” official concluded.

Following the volatile security concern, PCB and the government worked in tandem to make the recently concluded One-off T20I successful on October 29 in Lahore between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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The resumption of cricket has witnessed highs and lows. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

After players were reluctant to Pakistan, the Sri Lanka Cricket decided to feature in one of the three-matches after Pakistan hosted the ICC-led World XI successfully mid-September for Independence Cup 2017 which was comprised off three T20 matches.

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