Pakistan all set to construct its largest cricket stadium
The groundbreaking ceremony was staged on Friday, April 14, 2017
Updated - Nov 14, 2018 3:58 pm
Pakistan boast of some of the most glorious stadiums in the cricketing world, namely Karachi National Stadium, Gaddafi Stadium in Stadium in Lahore and many others. The venues have been a witness to a number of thunderous matches, albeit they haven’t seen many international matches ever since the Sri Lankan bus-attack in 2009 after which teams became complacent to visit the nation.
In the meantime, the country is set to construct its largest cricket stadium by the name of ‘Rafi Cricket Stadium’ and it’s located in Bahria Town in Karachi. The stadium has an International Cricket Council (ICC) certified design and the stadium is designed by Gerkan, Marg and Panthers. The complex will have a cricket academy, hostel, swimming pool and gymnasium.
The groundbreaking ceremony was staged on Friday, April 14, 2017. The ceremony was attended by a number of eminent personalities, including the likes of Zaheer Abbas, Shahid Afridi and Fawad Alam. During the event, Malik Riaz Hussain, the Chairman of Bahria Town, mentioned that the stadium would be built in one and half years and will stage international cricket in two years.
Pakistan cricket trying to develop
Previously, Pakistan also came up with a unique form of a stadium. Back in June this year, it was learned that Pakistan set up a new AstroTurf Stadium at Chaman in Balochistan, one of the four provinces of the nation. The AstroTurf us a renowned brand of an artificial playing surface. The turfs are generally used to avoid the cost of laying and ground maintenance.
Cricket in Pakistan has been in the doldrums for the last one decade. Teams like Zimbabwe, World XI and Windies have visited the country, but a lot of them still don’t want to play there citing security concerns, Even the popular Pakistan Super League (PSL) gets to see most of the matches in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), though a few matches have been hosted in Pakistan.