Najam Sethi visits Karachi

Najam Sethi visits Karachi

By Syed Intikhab Ali - October 17, 2017

Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi will meet Sindh chief minister Syed Murad Ali on Wednesday, at chief minister house.

It is believed that he will discuss the arrangements of Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches in Karachi at Nation Stadium, scoreline.org learnt on Tuesday.

Sources in the PCB confirmed that Najam Sethi is reaching Karachi on Tuesday night, and the very next day he will meet chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah to discuss the issues related to organizing the PSL matches in Karachi.

It is pertinent to note that PCB chairman Najam Sethi, faced SHARPcriticism on organizing all matches in Lahore regarding restoration of international cricket in Pakistan.

The PCB chairman failed to convince the media, cricket fraternity and political leadership of the country and Sindh province, that’s why PCB did not organize international cricket matches including Zimbabwe series, PSL final , and later World X1 cricket matches in Karachi, where law enforcement institutions established peaceful environment and Pakistan Army, Sindh rangers, Sindh police assured provided  safety.

Sources in the PCB said that Mr. Sethi will discuss the issues related to hosting the PSL matches in Karachi. PCB want to host atleast eight matches in Pakistan, four matches in Lahore and four matches in Karachi.  He will discuss the best possible fasciitis.

The PCB chairman was making accuses that foreign players did not want o play in Karachi. But his argument was not accepted in the cricket fraternity and he came under sharp criticism when political leadership and cricket fraternity raised objections, that why PCB is organizing all matches in Lahore, at the name of security.

The message will be gone wrong across the world that other parts of the country is not safe and only Lahore is the ideal place for the hosting international cricket matches. And the international matches in Lahore to be possible at the cost of huge amount of money.

The political leadership of the country raised the questions on the ignorance of Karachi, and other cricket centers for organizing the international matches, while on the other hand Pakistan Army assured PCB and other sports bodies to organize international matches here in Pakistan to present soft and peaceful image and envoirment of the country.

Meanwhile, it is also learnt that National Stadium Karachi, which is in dilapidated condition and is being neglected since long as far as its development and construction work is concerned.

PCB had called the tenders to the contractors for the massive development work earlier this months and now it is being confirmed contract of the development work has been given to local contractor.

Sources said that construction and development work is likely to be started later this month or first week of November.  But the million dollar question is that how PCB manage the  Quaid-e-Azam Trophy matches and PSL matches at NSK, where so far development work could not be started.

PCB sources said that construction and development work would not effect as it would be carried out in two phases. The last phase will be completed after -PSL matches. But in first-class cricket circles, teams whom matches will be played NSK are doubtful that how their matches will be organized when development work would be started from next month.

By Syed Intikhab Ali

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