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Pakistan-Sri Lanka warm-up tie abandoned


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Empty stands are seen after rain delayed the start of play. -Photo by AP
Empty stands are seen after rain delayed the start of play. -Photo by AP

LONDON: Pakistan's Champions Trophy warm-up against Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball being bowled on Thursday.

With persistent rain soaking the Birmingham area, the umpires held a series of pitch inspections at Edgbaston to test the conditions, but the day-night fixture was called off at 1500GMT.

Pakistan's last chance to practice before the tournament comes against South Africa at The Oval on Monday.

The next warm-up fixtures for the Champions Trophy are on Saturday, with India versus Sri Lanka at Edgbaston and Australia against the West Indies in Cardiff.

The Champions Trophy runs from June 6 to June 23 and features two groups of four teams, with the top two in each pool progressing to the semi-finals.

Hosts England are in Group A with Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

India, Pakistan, South Africa and the West Indies are in Group B.

Comments (6) Closed

Afif Naeem May 31, 2013 12:51am

Blessing in disguise for Pakistan. They would have been beaten easily in this game.

RAJ May 31, 2013 10:45am


Fen May 31, 2013 12:10pm

@RAJ: I think Captain Misbah beat India in India not long time ago ;).Is you head in shame after defeat to Pakistan on your home soil and what about Spot fixing? Did your country became so poor that BCCI President himself is involved in Spot Fixing? Rich and India ,have a life outside your corrupt politicians ;).

pct May 31, 2013 01:16pm

@Afif Naeem: how you can say that with surity?

pakistani May 31, 2013 01:36pm

rain is a blessing doubt

raj Jun 01, 2013 10:54am

@Fen: Anyway Fen IPL is private business not a nation's interest its purely money and fun anyway our Cricketers are not involved in fixing in any international games unlike Mr.Amir,Butt and many more,Chaand Rupiyooo kee liyee deshh koo beechthe heii your country menn.....Winning in world cup was great and remembered for long time winning a small series against India is not so great..Champions trophy remember India will win one sidedly ...Your team is weaker than a Ranji trophy team of India....