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All Stadiums to PCB

Written by F Mirza on July 15th, 2007   (328 views)

One of the major reasons why the influx of new talent is very scarce on the horizon of Pakistani cricket is the lack of space for the new talent to learn and groom.

In the big cities like Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi there are couple of grounds for the young generation to practice the game (though their condition isn’t anywhere near satisfactory), other big cities like Peshawar, Quetta, Multan, Faisalabad and others haven’t got anything decent which could be called as a proper cricket facility for the young players, where they could polish their skills.

The plight of Arbab Niaz Stadium in Peshawar is so dismal, its shameful to call it as a venue. Weeds are where fine grass should be, a manual 18th century scoreboard is mounted, where should be an electronic display installed. The sitting and other facilities for crowd are nowhere to be seen. The dressing rooms for the players are all shambles and rickety. Flood lights are a thing of far away future. All in all, it looks more the remains of Gandhara civilization instead of a stadium, where international matches have been played in the past.

And the other stadiums except some are in the same condition more or less. The other somewhat better stadiums like National Stadium, Karachi, Qaddaffi Stadium, Lahore, Pindi Stadium, Rawalpindi are not like Sydney Cricket Ground either, mind it.

Now Pakistan Cricket Board has taken a bold step and have reached upon an agreement with the district government of Hyderabad to takeover Niaz Stadium in its custody, and an agreement will be signed on 17th July. Currently Niaz Stadium looks like a “Bhoot Bangla” and is a very appropriate place for voodoo practice.

PCB has got lots of bucks, and if they are not willing to give money to the district government of the country to renovate and expand the stadiums, then in the better interest of country and game, district government should step down and give the stadiums in the custody of PCB, as the Hyderabad’s good administration has done. And PCB, now you have become they “Chuadhry” of that Niaz Stadium, please show us some tangible progress, and make it snappy. At least its our taxes.

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