The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has brought forward the three-match T20I series with World XI to mid-September due to a high-profile by-election in Lahore on September 17.
The tour, which is subject to security clearance, was initially scheduled towards the end of September but the provincial government advised the cricket board to place it before the by-election.
"The [World XI] series has been brought forward to mid-September instead of last week of September because the Punjab government wants it to be held before the NA120 election,” PCB said in a press release issued in the late Thursday hours.
“It can’t be held after Sep 17 because there is no time to both hold the series and also give head coach Mickey Arthur time for training his team before the series starts with Sri Lanka on Sep 24.”
The PCB has also recalled 13 players, both centrally contracted and non-centrally contracted, participating in the CPL and County season for the National T20 Cup to be held in Multan and Faisalabad from August 25 till Sept 10.
The players had been issued No-Objection Certificates subject to recall if the World XI series took place mid-September.
“The players have been asked to report for a pre-series fitness testing/training camp, as planned by the national team management and the National T20 tournament,” the release further said.
“The players have been asked to report to the head coach on August 22 for fitness and medical screening followed by participation in the national T20 tournament and preparatory camp under the supervision of Pakistan team management (for the World XI series in Lahore).”