KARACHI: Pakistan has scheduled a cricket match against Afghanistan in the town of Abbottabad where al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a U.S. raid.
Worldwide media coverage of bin Laden’s death on May 2 has turned the sleepy garrison town into a major tourist attraction, but cricket authorities said the plan for it to host the match between Pakistan A and Afghanistan was made before the raid.
“The main reason for giving a match to Abbottabad is because of its higher altitude and cooler weather at this time of the year when it is really hot in the rest of the country,” a Pakistan Cricket Board spokesperson said. The match will take place on May 29 as part of a one-day series.
Afghanistan is the first foreign team to play an official match in Pakistan since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March 2009. Six Pakistani policemen and a van driver were killed and five Sri Lankan players wounded.