After it was announced that Pakistan Cricket Team (PCT) will only practice one session in the training camp for Test series against Sri Lanka and that some players will go to Islamabad to attend Haris Rauf's wedding ceremony, mother nature made its own plans.
Previously, some players were supposed to attend Rauf's wedding while others were going to attend the wedding of former captain Shahid Afridi's daughter in Karachi — not to be confused with Ansha Afridi.
Players going to Islamabad — for Rauf's wedding — were reported to return to Karachi by Saturday afternoon, and leave for Dubai Colombo on Saturday night, however, due to bad weather, cricketers could not leave for Islamabad.
Reports in local media suggest that most of the players will now attend the wedding ceremony of Afridi's daughter.
As for the Test Series, the first Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will start from July 16 in Galle while the second Test will be played in Colombo from July 24.
The Pakistan cricket team's training camp for the tour of Sri Lanka will end on Friday, with only practice in the morning session from 9am to 12pm on the final day of the four-day camp at the Hanif Muhammad Regional Academy Ground at the National Stadium.
Bowling coach Morne Morkel, who could not come to Pakistan due to visa failure, will join the national team in Dubai.
Meanwhile, fast bowler Hasan Ali also joined the training camp on Thursday, the third day, as he could not be a part of the camp due to bad weather affecting the flight schedule.
It should be noted that the national team arriving in Sri Lanka on July 9 will play a two-day warm-up match on July 11 and 12 before the Test series.
The first Test is scheduled at the Galle International Stadium from July 16 to 20 and the second at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo from July 24 to 28.
Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against the US dollar, and other currencies in the open market on Saturday.
On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 283.4 for buying and 285.95 for selling.
Euro comes down to 307 for buying and 310 for selling. British Pound rate remains unchanged at 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||358.5||362|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.37||36.72|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||175.33||177.33|
Gold prices witnessed negative trend in local markets in line with the trend in the international market.
On Saturday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,600, and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,560.
Single tola of 22 Karat Gold price costs Rs199,465, 21 karat rate per tola costs Rs190, 400 and 18k gold rate is Rs163,200.00 for each tola.
In the global market, gold prices hovers around $2,004 per ounce, after drop of $23.35 on Saturday.
|Lahore||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Karachi||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Quetta||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Attock||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Multan||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,600||PKR 2,530|