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Why I don’t want events like the PSL in Karachi

March 9 , 2019

Rangers personnel stand guard outside the National Cricket Stadium in Karachi on March 7, 2019, ahead of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches. PHOTO: AFP

Cricket fever is at its peak as the second leg of the Pakistan Super League is starting. And the people of Karachi are more than excited.

If you drive around the city, you will see people stopping their vehicles to take selfies and make videos of the PSL decorations and life-sized cutouts of players.

Due to ‘logistical’ reasons, the PCB even moved the matches that were scheduled to be held in Lahore to Karachi.

The first match is at 7pm on Saturday. Karachiites’ excitement is understandable, given the limited number of public events they have in the city.

I don’t want to be sound like a party pooper but I don’t want events like the PSL to be held in Karachi.

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Karachi is a city of around 20 million and it’s nothing short of a miracle that the city is still functioning without a mass transit system. The traffic situation in the city is already really bad due to the construction of the Green Line BRT project and closure of MA Jinnah Road from near Quaid-e-Azam’s mausoleum all the way to Capri Cinema.

In such a situation, holding PSL matches is not the greatest idea, especially when the stadium where matches will be played is located in the middle of the city.

It is not that I don’t like cricket or don’t watch the PSL. In fact, this Sunday I’ll be rooting for the Quetta Gladiators and hope that they are crowned champions this time.

What I don’t like is being stuck in traffic for hours every day for the next week or so.

As a part of the security plan, over 13,000 policemen are on duty for the security of the match and the subsequent seven matches that will be held in the port city. The Rangers are handling security within the National Stadium. The government has plan to lock down the entire area and adjoining roads.

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Karsaz Road leading to the National Stadium will be closed. Similarly, Dalmia Road leading to the National Stadium and the bridge and road from Hassan Square to the National Stadium will be closed for traffic.

During the match, University Road from Nipa to Jail Chowrangi will remain closed for the general public. Karachi police chief Dr Amir Shaikh said traffic will be diverted away from the stadium three hours before the matches start.

This will create a huge mess as every day commuters will be stuck in traffic for hours, especially office goers since most of matches are starting at 7pm. This means the roads will be closed starting at 4pm. Most people return home from work between 4pm and 7pm.

This is similar to what happened during the IDEAs Exhibition last November.

Solution?

Ideally, the sports stadium and expo centre should be moved out of the city to minimise the disturbance caused to citizens. Till then, these matches and exhibitions should not be held as I believe that no one in their right mind would be interested spending hours stuck in traffic so that a few people can watch a match.

 

7 Comments

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    KM ASGHAR   March 10, 2019 9:26 am/ Reply

    EXCELLENT
    SOME ONE SHOULD MOVE A VONSTITUYIONAL PETITION TO IMPLEMENT THE MISETIED OF THE PEOPLE OF KARACHI AND THE HUGE EXPENSED BEING OCCURRED ON ARRANGING HIGE SECURITY

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    Faraz   March 10, 2019 6:44 pm/ Reply

    Ismail Sheikh, you can scream here all you want, the fact of the matter is that this is PSL and these matches are worth more than just an event – in fact, they are the stepping stone to restoration of Cricket in Pakistan. So realizing the inconvenience caused to you and other citizens this is something you need to sacrifice for as a Karachi citizen and basically find another route to home or just stay quiet please. instead of all this effort writing in the paper, maybe give suggestions to local bodies around planning and writing to your local representative for a transit system upgrade.

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    Humaira   March 10, 2019 11:11 pm/ Reply

    Hardly anyone will stand by you. We welcome cricket in our country. It’s much needed recreation that nation wants. To gain something you have to lose something. If I have to spend 3 hours in traffic, I’m happy to take it for revival of cricket in my country. Be it karachi or any other part!!!

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    Muneeb   March 11, 2019 10:09 am/ Reply

    The matches should be played in another stadium in Karachi. National Stadium is situated right in the heart of Karachi and causes too much traffic

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      Faraz   March 12, 2019 3:51 am/ Reply

      …then find another way home Muneeb. No one cares about your trouble.

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    AHS   March 12, 2019 11:42 pm/ Reply

    Well it looks like someone from London has sent a msg saying that Karachi should not have these matches, Karachi has to move from the mess that has been created in the city in the last 30 years ! we finally have some peace let us all try to make this city livable again ! Cheers !

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    Ammad   March 14, 2019 4:52 pm/ Reply

    People are so ignorant when its come to cricket. Ismail sheikh is absolutely right .
    why is national stadium still in the middle of the city why don’t they move national stadium to some place else
    why common man have to suffer all the time? why our fuel have to burn in traffic? why our time have to get wasted there? when its come to security and what about over security are we not important to the government 90% of people don’t know what there rights are. vehicle tax for what?


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