Limited over matches between Pakistan and Australia shifted from Pindi to Lahore: minister – Sport

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said the lockdown between Pakistan and Australia had been moved from Rawalpindi to Lahore.

“All four matches scheduled for Rawalpindi have now been decided to be played in Lahore,” he told the press in Islamabad.

The first test match between the two sides was held in Rawalpindi from March 4-8, and the second test match was held in Karachi from March 12-16. Third test in Lahore from March 21 to 25.

They were also scheduled for three One Day Internationals (ODI) on March 29, 31 and April 2 and Twenty20 International (T20I) on April 5, all in Rawalpindi.

There have been no serious threats to the team since their arrival last month, but several political rallies in support of or against the government are planned in the nearby capital in the coming days or weeks.

Hundreds of thousands of people can descend into the capital during political rallies, choking traffic and creating security concerns for officials.

Islamabad, where both teams are scheduled to stay, is a short drive from the much larger garrison city of Rawalpindi.

“The match is being moved to Lahore because of political activity in the capital,” Rashid said.

An official from the Australian team said there were no issues with the changes.

“It’s suitable for both teams in a number of ways, as there is one less movement for players and officials,” he said.

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