Pakistan, Sri Lanka agree to postpone 2nd ODI after Karachi opener creates history without single ball bowled
With Karachi's notorious weather thwarting Pakistan's bid to host their first-ever One Day International (ODI) in 10 years on Friday, Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side will look to take an early advantage over visitors Sri Lanka in the second game of the ongoing three-match series. The stage was set at Karachi's National Stadium to put an end to Pakistan's draught of not hosting a 50-over game over a decade. However, rain gods had other ideas as they made sure both sides help the venue script history without playing a single ball in the series opener.
Pakistan Sri Lanka ODI series trophy unveiling ceremony#PAKvSLpic.twitter.com/oBsWpqnh5s— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) September 26, 2019
As the first ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan was called off due to heavy showers, the scheduled tie ended up going into history books. It is the first time that the National Stadium has registered a washout game in the venue's entire history. The same was confirmed by International Cricket Council (ICC) when they tweeted the disappointing news among the cricketing fans worldwide.
Taking cognizance of the unfavourable weather conditions in Karachi, both teams have agreed to reschedule the 2nd game which is supposed to take place at the same venue. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Director Zakir Khan said that the 'unseasonal' thundershowers have paved way for postponement of the penultimate clash between the two sides in Karachi.
#WordsOfWisdom by @SarfarazA_54 bhai, “jub barish hoti hai tou pani aata hai.”— Shadab Khan (@76Shadabkhan) September 27, 2019
On a serious note, thank u everyone for buying tickets for the first #PAKvSL ODI, unfortunately the match is abandoned due to rain. Hope to see you all in the next 2 ODIs pic.twitter.com/vMYGINp7yO
"This week's unseasonal heavy rains have forced us to review the series schedule," Zakir Khan, PCB Director - International Cricket, said on Friday (September 27). "I am thankful to Sri Lanka Cricket as well as our host broadcasters for agreeing to amend the match schedule to ensure there are no further abandonments due to rain in what is an important bilateral FTP series for Pakistan." According to a report, the match tickets which were brought by fans will remain valid for the remainder of the series and the ticketholders of the first game will get their money back.