Pakistan-Australia ODIs moved from Rawalpindi to Lahore


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Political rallies later this month scheduled in Islamabad – the dual metropolis of Rawalpindi – has led to the change of venues

Pakistan’s white-ball sequence in opposition to Australia has been moved from Rawalpindi to Lahore as broadly anticipated. The transfer was forced due to a political state of affairs surrounding prime minister Imran Khan, who is about to face a no-confidence vote subsequent week.

The feverish political ambiance has led to each the ruling celebration, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), and the opposition Pakistan Democratic Motion (PDM), promising to convey huge numbers in help for his or her respective causes in the direction of Islamabad, which adjoins Rawalpindi. The nation’s inside minister, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad, introduced the change in a press convention on Friday, making official a improvement that’s believed to have been within the works over the previous week.

PTI has introduced it’ll convey a million individuals to D Chowk, a sq. in Islamabad recognized for internet hosting political rallies, on March 27 “to specific solidarity with the prime minister Imran Khan”. The spot is lower than two kilometres from the lodge the place the 2 groups have been anticipated to remain throughout the sequence. PDM has additionally given a name to its employees and the general public at massive to start a protracted march in the direction of Islamabad on Pakistan Day – March 23.

Rawalpindi was scheduled to host the three ODIs on March 29, March 31 and April 2, and a one-off T20I on April 5. The PCB was understood to initially be reluctant to shift venue, involved in regards to the message it would ship to the cricketing world, however seems to have finally had its hand pressured by circumstances. It’s not but clear if the dates of the video games will change too.

Australia are at present in Lahore to play the third Take a look at of a three-match sequence, beginning March 21. The primary two Exams – in Rawalpindi and Karachi – have been drawn. It’s the first Australia tour to the nation since 1998.

Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000

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