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PSL 9: Heavy showers wash out United-Gladiators fixture in Rawalpindi

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Islamabad and Rawalpindi have been experiencing intermittent heavy rains since yesterday

Ground officials are covering the pitch at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on March 2, 2024. — PCB
Ground officials are covering the pitch at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on March 2, 2024. — PCB

Heavy rainfall in Rawalpindi Saturday washed out a much-anticipated clash between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators, making it the second consecutive match of the day during the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) season nine.

The match was slated to start at 7pm with the toss taking place half an hour before but the covers were still in the middle of Pindi Cricket Stadium with potholes all over the outfield.

The teams of Islamabad and Quetta didn’t arrive at the stadium and stayed at the hotel.

PSL 9: Heavy showers wash out United-Gladiators fixture in Rawalpindi

The first match was also washed out between Lahore Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi as well.

There was a heavy downpour in Rawalpindi and Islamabad yesterday as well.

Meanwhile, one of the Met Office officials when approached said: “Chances of rain with thunderstorms are likely for Saturday. Rain could pour in at any time during the next two days. Saturday could be the worst hit day.”

Pindi Stadium always provides a packed house when it comes to international matches or PSL engagements. Crowd presence here always makes the occasion festive and worth remembering at the venue. Around ten thousand temporary chairs have been installed at the Stadium for the nine matches that the Stadium will host during the next ten days.

Two of the highest totals — Multan Sultans scoring 262 against Quetta Gladiators and Quetta scoring 253 against Multan in the same match — in PSL history were scored at Pindi.

However, the PCB has decided to remove the “flat pitches” tag associated with the stadium this year as the cricketing body has instructed the curators to make pitches that would support bowlers as much as batters.

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