A full house holiday crowd at Sharjah stadium was left frustrated when umpires called off the much-awaited match between Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans as intermittent rain repeatedly thwarted attempts to start the match on Friday.
Before the cut 6:17 local time the two umpires announced the call off as the outfield was left wet as repeated inspections were futile.
Pakistani expats had thronged the stadium in anticipation of watching a close match between the hitherto unbeaten Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans. When the two teams reached they were welcomed by a light drizzle as Karachi Kings captain Imad Wasim won the toss and opted to bat first.
But when the two umpires — Pakistan’s Aleem Dar and Asif Yaqoob – walked in to start the match they were only forced to order for the covers.
There were three more inspections as groundsmen tried to soak the outfield but persistent rain failed them.
The other jolt for the big crowd would have been the absence of popular allrounder Shahid Afridi of Karachi Kings who was due to miss the match with a knee problem.
Lahore Qalandars will face Islamabad United in the second match of the day which is also threatened by rain.