ICC takes cheeky dig at Pakistan for rescheduling 2nd ODI against Sri Lanka after rain-abandoned series opener
All hopes for Pakistan cricket to host their first-ever ODI, since 2015, in front of their home fans were shattered when persistent rains washed away the entire proceedings of the series opener versus Sri Lanka on Friday (September 27). With rain showers still being a matter of concern for the second and the penultimate match, at the same venue, both sides agreed to postpone the upcoming game by a day.
Hence, the second ODI will now be played at the same venue, but on Monday (September 30) instead of Sunday. While the move came to maximise the chances of getting a complete encounter and kick off the ODI series in the troubled country, the International Cricket Council (ICC) took a cheeky dig at Pakistan cricket as they postponed the penultimate tie by a day.
The second ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Karachi has been rescheduled from Sunday 29 September to Monday 30 September due to the rain which washed out the first ODI.— ICC (@ICC) September 28, 2019
Have you ever heard of rain so heavy it washes out a game two days away?!https://t.co/ZTIhgcJc1O
"Have you ever heard of rain so heavy it washes out a game two days away?!, claimed the ICC in a cheeky remark from their official Twitter handle.
The series opener would have been the first instance where the local fans would have witnessed an ODI on home soil since 2015. Following the devastating 2009 terror attack, where the then Sri Lankan team were at the receiving end and escaped from the jaws of a terrorist attack, Pakistan haven't got a chance to bring the cherished sport back in the country and mostly play their home games in adapted home venues in UAE.
However, they have hosted few T20Is versus West Indies, Sri Lanka and World XI in the recent past. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are desperate to host international games in their backyard and will hope for a smooth sail in the remaining matches versus Sri Lanka in Karachi and Lahore (including the T20Is).
Under Sarfaraz Ahmed's leadership and newly-appointed head coach Misbah-ul-Haq, the Men in Green will hope to win the remaining two ODIs and give something to cheer for their avid fans after an ordinary run in the 2019 World Cup.