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Dismal Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar

Written by Commoner on December 12th, 2007   (366 views)

In February 2006 Chris Broad justifiably screwed the administration of Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar, Pakistan in front of the whole world. International Cricket Council’s match referee bashed the administration of Peshawar stadium by pointing out many blunders, bungles and screw-ups regarding the facilities available or the lack of them in the stadium, and he also expressed his utter dismay over the third-class residential facilities for the team.

From that day to this date, Arbab Niaz hasn’t seen the face of any international match, and the way things are going over there, it’s hard that it would see it in near future. Even before the One Day International (ODI) between India and Pakistan, the supply of test matches to this venue ceased in August 2003. Pakistan Cricket Board duly noticed the reservations of the ICC, but rhetoric ruled.

Just after the fiasco in Feb 2006, PCB contacted the NWFP provincial government and asked to give the stadium on lease to PCB. NWFP government surprisingly obliged at once. But that’s all they did. Even now the deal of lease is not finalized and the gracious reply of NWFP’s idiot Mazullah Khan, who is the NWFP Sports Board Director General, is that “Bear in mind that such matters do take time to settle.” What a royal goon he is. I mean, at one side, millions of diehard cricket fans in and around Peshawar are continuously getting deprived of their beloved game, and that person is playing with the red tapes, and basking in his disgusting titles.

Like PCB is doing good work in Niaz Stadium Hyderabad, same was planned for the Peshawar stadium, but due to the mindlessness of one person, the project is in the quandary. The only interest PCB had regarding the takeover of Arbab Niaz Stadium was to bring it at par with other international venues so that cricket fans of the vicinity and suburbs can enjoy watching international teams playing in their city, and this would ease their tensions and frustration, as the area is just adjacent to the US’s war on terrorism.

Just for the heck of it, I appeal to the authorities not to linger the issue so that people of Peshawar could witness local and national sports heroes perform in the great events.

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