Smog new hurdle to international cricket return

Renala Khurd - West Indies proposed tour to Pakistan for three Twenty20 Internationals in the end of November may be scrapped due to the smog that has engulfed Lahore, the venue for hosting the series, revels Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi on Sunday.

Talking to Nawa-i-Waqt during the Okara Super League final, Sethi said: “We are still in agreement with the West Indies Cricket Board regarding their tour to Pakistan, but the final decision in this regard will be announced in a few days. However, we have been facing some problems regarding smog, as the ICC referee wouldn’t allow us to host matches in this smogy weather.  “We are also in close contact with Met Office as well and if we get any positive news from them, we will okay the series, otherwise, there is a chance it may be scrapped,” he added.

He further said that he has committed to bring full-fledged international cricket to Pakistan for which he and his team have been working day in day night.

Meanwhile, Nemat XI outplayed Mitchells XI to win the Mohsin Group-sponsored Okara Super League title here at the historic Mitchells Farms ground. Shoaib Akhtar graced the final as chief guest.

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