Karachi is being considered as an alternative venue for England’s historic first Test in Pakistan due to political unrest in Rawalpindi, the original venue for the series opener beginning December 1.
Next month, Ben Stokes’ team will play three ICC Test Championship matches in Pakistan. According to sources, the first and third Tests of the series will most likely be held at Karachi’s National Bank Cricket Arena.
To avoid causing inconvenience to cricket fans during the PTI’s long march in Islamabad, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is considering moving the first Test of the Pakistan-England series from Rawalpindi to Karachi.
As per the plan, the first Test will be held in Rawalpindi on December 1, the second in Multan on December 9, and the third in Karachi on December 17.
According to Geo sports, “So far, no decision has been made on venue changes. We are in communication with the government as well as all stakeholders.”
“PCB will soon announce the final decision on possible venue change,” it added.
England visited Pakistan for a seven-match Twenty20 International series in September and October of this year. The visiting team won the series 4-3.
Schedule of Tests
December 1-5 – 1st Test, Rawalpindi
December 9-13 – 2nd Test, Multan
December 17-21 – 3rd Test, Karachi