Multan Cricket Stadium. - file

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has started preparations to hold the One-day International series against the West Indies in Multan after receiving verbal instructions from the Punjab government, insiders revealed on Saturday.

The three-match series was originally planned for Rawalpindi from June 8 to 12.

After receiving the verbal instructions though the PCB has started the preparations for hosting the West Indies at the Multan Cricket Stadium, unless it gets written instructions from the provincial government, it will not make any official announcement about the change of venue, insiders said.

Meanwhile, the PCB announced that the national camp for the West Indies series would be held in Lahore instead of Rawalpindi. The camp, scheduled to start on June 1, ends on June 4.

On June 5, the Pakistan squad will leave either for Rawalpindi or Multan while the West Indies party is due to arrive in Pakistan in the wee hours of June 6. Therefore, the newly-emerging scenario does not give the PCB much time to make a final call on devising the journey plan of the visiting team.

As security arrangements for an international series are made with the coordination between the federal and the provincial government, it is believed that incumbent PCB chairman Ramiz Raja will have a difficult task ahead with change in government both in Punjab and the center.


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