Lahore ODI to go ahead

A loud explosion was heard in the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Friday night as a suicide bomber carried out an explosion nearby, which killed one police officer and injured six others.

Police claimed the explosion was caused by an electric transformer in an apparent bid to avoid panic inside the stadium where around 20,000 spectators were watching the game.

But despite details of the attack being confirmed, the third ODI between the sides will go ahead.

“The incident hasn’t affected the tour and Zimbabwe will play its last match of the tour as planned,” Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman Agha Akbar said.

Akbar also said that all the tickets for Sunday’s game have been sold out and a crowd of around 27,000 is expected.

PCB officials and security authorities will be meeting with Zimbabwe team management and players later on Saturday.

“We heard a blast during the match. We do not know what it was,” Zimbabwe team spokesman Lovemore Banda said.

“We have held a team meeting to inform everyone that our hosts are coming to talk to us about the incident.”