- The PCB has sought government guidelines for the upcoming West Indies series amid political unrest.
The PCB has already agreed to set up a training team camp.
Pindi Stadium has been declared the first choice venue for the series.
RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday sought guidelines from the federal government to decide the future of the West Indies series starting June 8 at Pindi Stadium despite political unrest in the country’s capital. Are
The PCB has already agreed to set up a team camp at the venue starting June 1, with the West Indies scheduled to arrive in the city on June 5.
The three-match ODI series is part of the World Cup 2023 qualifying round. This is also important for Pakistan as it marks the beginning of a busy international cricket season for the national team in the coming months.
The News has learned from informed sources that in the midst of political instability, the PCB has approached the federal government for guidance on the venue or future of the series.
“Yes, the PCB has approached the federal government regarding the series against the West Indies starting at Pindi Stadium on June 8. Since it is the federal government that provides full security to all those involved in the series, including the teams,” “We cannot move an inch without the federal government’s guidelines. Since this is a matter of national dignity, we will only follow the government in this regard,” a source told The News. Told
Pindi Stadium has been identified as the first choice venue for the series while Multan Stadium has been marked as a reserve venue. The Multan season in June is one of the hottest in Pakistan. In addition, there are other logistics issues associated with the location.
“The PCB has kept Multan as a reserve, but the board cannot move to Multan without the approval and guidance of the federal government, as it is an important series that needs the help of the federal and provincial governments. “Therefore, the PCB cannot decide anything,” the source said.
The third option available to the PCB is to postpone the series for a better time. “The series was already rescheduled two months ago after the threat of COVID-19. After the recent holiday, Pakistan cricket is in dire need of international exposure. We want to take the series forward, but only If the federal government allows us. ” The last option available is to postpone the series again. We will only do so under the direction of the government. ”
The PCB has already completed the first phase of the conditioning camp which was going on in Lahore and it has decided not to go ahead with the second round of camp for the second group of backup players.
Meanwhile, all the cricketers who are part of the national team and are currently playing county cricket will return by June 2 to take part in the series.
“County matches for the Pakistan team are scheduled to end on May 31. They are due to return on June 1-2. These players will only be asked to join the national camp if the government decides to go ahead. Series against West Indies. ”