Pakistan v Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI, Lahore May 29, 2015

Transformer blast near Gaddafi stadium, say police

ESPNcricinfo staff

The limited-overs series against Zimbabwe is being conducted under heavy security © AFP

A loud noise halfway through the Pakistan innings, audible to those in the ground and even inside the enclosed press box, has been explained by the police as an electricity transformer explosion. The blast, police have said, took place near the outermost ring of the three-tier security at Ferozpur road, near Pakistan Sports Board Coaching Centre street, about 800 metres from the Gaddafi Stadium itself.

The series, the first set of internationals in Pakistan in more than six years, is being conducted under heavy security. More than 4000 policemen have been deployed as part of the security arrangements with two companies of Rangers - Pakistan's paramilitary forces - on standby throughout the series. The Nishtar sports complex, which also houses the Gaddafi stadium, is under surveillance through a system of closed-circuit security cameras and public entry for the games is on foot through extensive security layers.

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