When everyone was ready for the exciting ODI series opener between the hosts Pakistan and the visitors Sri Lanka, rain played a spoilsport at National Stadium, Karachi on Friday. Before the starting of the game, black clouds covered the entire National Stadium and with no surprise rain also came down to interrupt the start between the green army and Lankans later in the evening. As a result, umpires had to abandon the match without a single ball being bowled and all the enthusiastic players went back to pavilion.
This is the first time when Sri Lanka and Pakistan are going to play a One Day International match at Karachi since 2009. The last time when both the teams faced each other in 2009 ODI series at Karachi, Sri Lankan team bus was attacked outside the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. As a result, Lankans were a bit scared before coming to the venue city. Amid major terror attack threats, Lahiru Thirimanne and team still decided to play the ongoing series in National Stadium.
Though Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has deployed very strict security arrangements for the visitors this time as 4,500 policemen have been assigned on the routes of hotels and the stadium. Not only this 1,300 additional police personnel were also deployed for the security of cricketers in the vicinity of National stadium.
Both the teams were well-prepared for the opening clash. The Pakistani skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed even said in a pre-match statement, “we just cannot wait for the series to begin because only a few of us have played in ODI matches before the home crowd. My last such game here was in 2008 during the Asia Cup and Wahab Riaz is the only other player to have played an ODI in Karachi”. Unfortunately, rain washed all the excitement among the fans and the players.
Now, both the teams will next take on each other in the second ODI encounter of three-match series which is rescheduled to be held at National Stadium, Karachi on September 30th, 2019. Earlier the match was scheduled to be played on September 29th but due to bad weather condition the second One Day International clash is moved to Monday.