Pakistani cricketers beating the heat by having a dip in a swimming pool in Multan.

The three-match One-day International (ODI) between Pakistan and the West Indies will begin in Multan in hot weather on Wednesday (today).

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja insisted on staging the rescheduled ODI series between Pakistan and the West Indies in Multan despite extremely hot weather, insiders revealed on Tuesday.

Due to political turmoil in the country, especially atmosphere in Islamabad, the series was shifted from Rawalpindi to Multan. The experts and stakeholders were of the opinion to postpone the series.

However, the PCB chairman was adamant to play the series.

Multan has been sizzling with temperature hovering around 45 degrees Celsius and the weather experts forecast hot weather likely to continue till next week. The Pakistani squad came out for training with full strength on Monday despite the rising temperatures and the team management had to keep a vigilant eye on precautionary measures to save the players from any mishaps.

Former Test cricketer Sikandar Bakht did not approve Multan as an alternate venue. He told a news channel that “Karachi must have been an alternative option to host this series. Wasn’t the PCB aware of the weather conditions of the Punjab region in June and July?” the cricketer-turned-analyst questioned.

“They [PCB] dug pitches in Karachi and then had to move to Multan in such hot weather. I am in Karachi right now, and weather is hot but the sea breeze is making it slightly better than Multan. Whoever decided to dig pitches in Karachi at this point in time made a big blunder,” he maintained.

The pitches in Karachi’s National Stadium and Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium are being re-laid.

Meanwhile, the cricket team is aware of the extremely hot weather condition.

“It’s a challenging scenario but now it has been decided and we are preparing for it. Definitely it is hot, but we are having a conditioning camp and acclimatising to the weather. We started our training camp earlier in the day from 2:30pm so that we could feel the heat and get ourselves ready for the matches,” Babar Azam, Pakistan captain, said in a press conference recently.

However, the Pakistan cricket team members have found a great way to beat the heat. The video of the players spending time inside the swimming pool was uploaded on YouTube by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

All the matches will start at 4:30 in the afternoon when the sun will be pouring down in Multan.


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