Smog postpones Pakistan-West Indies T20 clash in Lahore

  • The mega city, home to the iconic Gaddafi Stadium, has been facing severe weather conditions – which are likely to stay for next few weeks
  • The Windies, who were due this month, are expected to arrive after March next year

LAHORE – Bad news for cricket fans as West Indies’ eagerly anticipated tour of Pakistan has been postponed until at least next year for a few reasons – a massive blanket of smog tops the list.

Lahore, home to the iconic Gaddafi Stadium, has been facing severe weather conditions with smog making conditions impossible for cricket.

“The PCB and the West Indies Cricket Board had agreed that West Indies will tour Pakistan in November, but now it is unlikely to happen because of the smog and some other reasons,” a senior PCB official told the Dawn News.

The “other reasons” refer to the unavailability of several West Indies players as the series, scheduled for late November clashes with the BPL, which started last weekend and wraps up December 12.

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The likes of T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite, off-spinner Sunil Narine and batsmen Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard and Evin Lewis, are all playing for various franchises in the T20 tournament.

Additionally, West Indies are set to embark on a two-Test tour of New Zealand later this month, followed by a three-match one-day series and a three-match T20 series which starts late December and runs until January 3.

According to the PCB source, the weather issue was also a serious one, with meteorological officials unable to say when the heavy smog over the city would ease.