Karachi ODI washed out: History created without a ball being bowled

The highly-anticipated 1st ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the National Stadium in Karachi was abandoned due to rain. The 10-year wait for ODI cricket continues for Karachi after the game was called off without any play on Friday.

The washout meant that it was the 1st time that an ODI has been completely washed out due to rain in Karachi. There have been only 3 other times in the ground’s history that an ODI couldn’t be completed and only one of them was abandoned without play happening – but that particular instance owed itself to human causes, more specifically rioting.

On October 22, 1982 in a match against Australia, the match had to be called off after just 12 overs since 3 Australian fielders were struck by missiles thrown from the crowd. The only other time that an ODI had to be abandoned was on October 14, 1988 when the officials decided to not go ahead with the game owing to rioting.

Next on December 20, 1989 with the hosts leading the 3-match ODI series vs India 1-0, the 3rd game had to be called off after Manoj Prabhakar had rocked the Pakistan top-order with 3 quick wickets. With the score reading 28/3 in the 15th over and seeing their team in deep trouble, spectators started disrupting the playing field forcing the umpires and the referee to call off the match.

While Friday’s match vs Sri Lanka was supposed to mark a historical moment for Pakistan cricket, the rain ensured that it would become historical for entirely different reasons. For the Pakistan fans, the long wait to see international stars play a full-fledged cricket series in their own backyard just got a little bit longer.

An unusual spell of monsoon rain in the southern port city during this time of the year left the cricket ground completely waterlogged.

Umpires called off the match at 4:30 p.m. local time with no chance of any play. The second game of the three-match series, which could also be affected by rain, is on Monday.

Karachi hasn’t hosted an ODI in 10 years since Sri Lanka last played here in 2009.

It is the first time since Sri Lanka’s team bus was attacked in Lahore in 2009 that a foreign team will conduct a two-week tour of Pakistan with Karachi hosting all three ODIs. Major teams have avoided Pakistan since that ambush, which killed eight people and injured several players.

The ODI series will be followed by 3 T20Is in Lahore.


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