Washout looms at Zalmi v Gladiators match
The much anticipated match and one of the most cherished rivalries in Pakistan Super League Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators is likely to be abandoned as persistent rain in Rawalpindi has deteriorated the playing conditions in the ground.
The ground staff was doing a commendable job to dry the wet outfield at the Pindi Cricket Stadium when another spell of the rain made the situation even worse.
The long ques of fans were waiting outside the stadium and they were allowed to enter the stadium half an hour before the scheduled start of the match.
راولپنڈی میں بارش رک گئی ہے کرکٹ کے شائقین کے لئے اچھی خبراسٹیڈیم کے گیٹس کھول دئے گیں ہے۔ شائقین کو اندر جانے کی اجازٹدے دی گئی ہےاسٹیڈیم کے باہر شائقین کی بڑی تعداد موجود۔ آج راولپنڈی اسٹیڈیم میں پشاور زلمی اور کویٹہ گلیڈیرٹر کا میچ ہوگا۔#PSL2020 #PZvQG pic.twitter.com/KYZ7DaGmHp— Syed Arslan Abbas (@ImArslanSherazi) March 5, 2020
The ground staff has conveyed the match officials that they need at least three hours to dry the ground. However, covers have been removed from the stadium that has raised the hopes of a curtailed match.
Meanwhile madarisa students meet Peshawar Zalmi players Darren Sammy and Hashim Amla at Shalimar Cricket Ground, Islamabad.
The remainder of this week's PSL 2020 fixtures face threat from bad weather with the updated rain forecast that looked gloomy.
The two venues Rawalpindi and Lahore are likely to receive widespread heavy rains, thunderstorm winds (with hailstorm) until Saturday due to a strong westerly weather system.
The precipitation could be so severe that the possibility of urban flooding cannot be ruled out in both the cities, which are scheduled to host two PSL 2020 matches each until Saturday.