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Cricket on hold in Pakistan as religious protests spread across country
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Cricket on hold in Pakistan as religious protests spread across country

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) postponed the semi-finals and final of the National T20 Cup, scheduled to be held on Saturday and Sunday, and the Super 8 stage of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy after religious protests spread across the country like a wildfire on Saturday.


A religious protest had blocked a major junction in Rawalpindi, which hosted the National T20 Cup since November 11, for the past three weeks that connected the city to federal capital Islamabad. A police crackdown on the protesters saw loyalists of the religious party block streets and major highways across the country, halting transport operations.


The countrywide protests continued on Sunday with the protestors blocking major junctions in the major cities.


“Due to the prevailing situation, the PCB management has decided to postpone the semi-finals and final of National T20 and Super 8 rounds of Quaid-e-Azam trophy for now,” PCB spokesperson Shakeel Khan said in a statement. “The management would announce the new dates later.”


The Super 8 stage of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy was scheduled to begin from November 29.