Sports complex set to replace newly laid cricket pitches in Lahore
The Lahore Region Cricket Association (LRCA) and the Sports Board Punjab had joined hands to lay out these 9 pitches.
Updated - Dec 19, 2017 10:16 pm
In surprising turn of events, as many as 9 newly laid pitches at a cricket venue at Lahore have been rooted out. This has been done in order to build a sports complex at the same venue in old Lahore. The 9 pitches were a part of the Iqbal Park Sports Complex. The move by the local officials seem very amusing since these pitches were laid only last year.
The Lahore Region Cricket Association (LRCA) and the Sports Board Punjab had joined hands to lay out these 9 pitches. This was a part of their three year old promise of the Punjab government after that had dug out all the 18 pitches at the venue to build the Greater Iqbal Park. It is worth noting that all these pitches had been in place even before Pakistan had gained independence in the year 1947.
No pitches for 9 clubs
Now, with a new requirement coming up, even the 9 newly laid pitches, which had earlier replaced those historic 18, are set to be removed from the venue. This, in essence, means that the 9 cricket clubs that practice on those pitches will be deprived of a practice wicket. These 9 cricket clubs, as per the reports in The Dawn, are: Muslim Gymkhana, Youngsters Club, Free Batters, Faiz Bagh, Crescent Club, Akhtar Abdur Rehman Club, Victorious Club, Mehboob Park and Ravi Gymkhana.
Also, this will be a big blow to the players since there is no cricket ground in the vicinity of this particular venue. Commenting on the entire episode, the Director of Sports Board Punjab, Mr. Anis Sheikh, has noted that the board had contributed to prepare those 9 pitches.
However, in order to adhere to the new requirements put forth by the Prime Minister, 12 sports complexes are set to be built in Lahore. The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) will be supervising these developments. He, however, added that they will give some provision to the clubs to continue their net practice at new Sports Complex.