In the midst of predicted protest demonstrations planned by opposition lawmakers, the Pakistan Cricket Board has moved the ODI series against the West Indies from Rawalpindi to Multan next month. Imran Khan, the former prime minister of Pakistan, is preparing protest demonstrations in Islamabad, which is close to Rawalpindi, in the coming days.

Khan called off an open-ended demonstration and sit-in in Islamabad last week after personally leading hundreds of his followers in a march across the city. Multan was preserved as a backup option by the PCB, who said Monday that the three-match ODI series, which is part of the Cricket World Cup Super League, would now be played as planned on June 8, 10 and 12.

Multan is the only other venue accessible to hold international matches since the PCB is relaying the fields at the National Stadium in Karachi and the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The PCB has scheduled the games to begin at 4 p.m. local time, which would be the first time Pakistan hosts international games during the summer. The West Indies will land in Islamabad on June 6 and fly to Multan the following day on a charter jet.

After playing three Twenty20s but being forced to return home owing to a Covid-19 outbreak in their camp, the ODI series was postponed last year. The ODI series, on the other hand, will not have a biosecure bubble.