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All remaining Pakistan-Australia matches in Rawalpindi shifted to Lahore


Pakistan’s Interior Minister announces that three ODIs and lone T20 would be played in Lahore instead of Rawalpindi because of security reasons.


STORY:  The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has shifted the white ball series against Australia from Rawalpindi to Lahore , Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad told reporters on Friday (March 18).

Ahmed said the shifting of the matches is connected to the political turmoil in Pakistan with Prime Minister Imran Khan set to face a no-confidence vote next week.

Several political rallies for and against the government are planned in the country's capital Islamabad, which is close to Rawalpindi.


“ The four matches we have shifted to Lahore because here there are political activities , and we don’t want to make any hurdles . They are our respectable guests,” Ahmed said.

Australia's tour consists of three Test matches, of which two have already been played, three ODIs and one T20I.


The first Test was played in Rawalpindi, the second Test was hosted in Karachi and the third will be played in Lahore.

The ODIs are scheduled to be held on March 29, 31 and April 2 followed by the T20 on April 4.


An Australian team official said the PCB had spoken to them and they had no issues about the change of venue.


Since its arrival in Pakistan, the Australian team has enjoyed an incident-free tour despite a major suicide bomb attack in Peshawar on the eve of the first match but political activities have picked up since then owing to a no confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.


The Australians, who had previously declined to visit Pakistan because of security fears, are currently on their first tour of the country in 24 years.

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