Rain threat looms over Pakistan-New Zealand series

By Our Correspondent
April 16, 2024
A cricket ground is seen partially covered with sheets after a spell of rain during a match. — AFP/File

LAHORE: The five-match T20 series between Pakistan and New Zealand faces potential disruptions due to expected rainfall. The New Zealand team arrived in Islamabad on Sunday for the series, slated to commence on April 18.


The series is set to kick off with three matches scheduled in Rawalpindi, followed by two matches scheduled for April 25 and 27 at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium. However, the weather forecast for Rawalpindi is less than favourable, with thunderstorms and rainfall predicted for Tuesday, extending throughout the week.

This inclement weather could potentially impact the practice sessions of both teams at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, leading to cancellations on Tuesday and Wednesday. The anticipated rainfall follows recent weather patterns that have brought moderate to heavy rainfall across various parts of the country. Balochistan and parts of Punjab have experienced rains, thunderstorms, and dusty winds in recent days.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has issued forecasts predicting rain and windstorms in several areas across Pakistan, including KP, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir, Islamabad, Punjab, and Balochistan on April 18, further raising concerns about the series’ schedule and logistics.