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Sources indicate Ramiz Raja insisted on holding ODIs in Multan despite the heat
Even though it was hot, PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja insisted that the rescheduled ODI series be played in Multan. Local leaders agreed to put off the rescheduled ODI home series against the West Indies, which had to be moved from Rawalpindi to Multan because of political unrest. Even though Multan is one of the hottest places in Pakistan in June and July, the PCB chairman has told everyone to stick to the plan. The start date is June 8. On Monday, the temperature in Multan was 45 degrees, and the heat should stay until next week. Even though it was getting warmer, the Pakistani team trained hard on Monday, and the team management took steps to keep the players safe. Sikandar Bakht was upset that the PCB chose Multan instead of Karachi.
“I can’t understand PCB’s mindset,” Bakht told.
“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 matches to Multan in such hot weather. I am in Karachi right now, 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,” the analyst maintained.
“I don’t know why the PCB took this risk. Compelling the player to play in the scorching hot weather is ridiculous,” he told Geo Super.
“It’s not only about the players. There are a lot of other people like us involved in organising a cricket series. Who will think about us? It’s too hard and risky to work in this weather,” he lamented.
“Multan remains very hot in June and July. It will keep getting hotter later in the month. It’s better to not organise outdoor activities in this weather as it increases the risk factors of getting heatstroke,” he shared.
“During Pakistan vs West Indies series, players and all people involved should take complete care of themselves. They should drink water as much as they can, consume oral rehydration salts, and use umbrellas in open areas,” he suggested.