Rising temperatures force PCB to shift women's camp to Karachi
Temperatures in Multan have touched over 40 degrees over the past week
Rising summer temperatures have led to the PCB shifting a training camp of Pakistan Women from Multan to Karachi.
Last week, ESPNcricinfo had highlighted how big a challenge the extreme weather - where temperatures have hovered over 42 degrees Celsius - would pose for the 26-member contingent during their 25-day camp in Multan.
At the time, while acknowledging the severity of the conditions, the PCB has said it had few other options but to hold the camp in Multan, given numerous challenges including the need to prepare a bio-secure bubble in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Karachi had been earlier ruled out due to a surge in covid-19 cases, while grounds in Central Punjab, according to Urooj Mumtaz, the chair of the PCB's women's selection committee, are presently undergoing renovation.
Historically during the summer months, the PCB has mostly held camps in Abbottabad, which is located in the hilly Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province and experiences relatively temperate weather. This move comes seven days into the camp, with the women's team now set to train at Hanif Mohammad Hig Performance Centre.
The Multan camp will be wrapped up by Monday, with all players and support staff likely to travel to Lahore by road on Tuesday morning, before boarding a flight to Karachi the next day. The revised camp will resume from Wednesday, with the team spending another 18 days in Karachi as part of the originally designed 25-day camp, which is set to conclude on June 22.
The PCB and SLC are understood to be in talks for a potential series in Sri Lanka in July, Wirth the camp serving as preparation for the series. Pakistan are also slated to play in the 50-overs Women's World Cup Qualifier that is scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka in December.