The three-match ODI series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi has been postponed for at least one week. The opening match of the series was scheduled for May 9, 2007, faces an uncertain future due to a list of problems.
According to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the postponement of the series was requested by their Sri Lankan counterparts since their team was stranded on Heathrow Airport on their way back from the Caribbean. The extended wait in London due to flight cancellation delayed their return to Sri Lanka. However, newspaper reports suggest that the hastily-arranged series was struggling to find sponsors for the event and this is what has caused the delay to the start of the series.
That view, however, was denied by the PCB. "The series is very much on and the dates of the matches would be announced by the organisers in consultation with the Sri Lankans and the PCB," Zakir Khan, PCB's Director of Operations, told The News.
Further reports suggest that the start date could range from May 15 to May 18 but the PCB is yet to receive a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) from the hosts, only after which the dates can be confirmed.
Pakistan players, in the wake of their early exit from the tournament, are already in action on the county circuit as well as a training camp in Lahore organised by the new selection committee. Sri Lankan players however, played 11 matches altogether en route to the final.