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National Stadium in Karachi

This post is regarding to Pakistan's second largest Cricket playing stadium, National Stadium of Karachi (mind it, there is a National Stadium of Dhaka too). Some of the great innings have been played here and some of the cricketing greats emerged from here, Sachin Tendulkar also made his debut here at NSK.

It's outfield is one the best outfields in the country and since the inception of floodlights into this stadium interests have generated the most.

The reason of this blog is that I feel (I also fear that some might not agree with me) that the kind of renovation and up-to-date improvement work on this stadium has not been done, take example of MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground), the committee who were responsible for the purpose were aiming ahead for it, that's why they were ambitious in renovation and improvement of the stadium so that I think its the biggest of Cricket Stadiums where international cricket is being played. Even in the 1992 Benson and Hedges World Cup which Pakistan won, the capacity during those days were almost 86,000, so they had improvement work on it so that now in 2009 when Pakistan played at MCG, it had the seating capacity of over 100,000 people.

On the other hand, we didn't showed such ambitions, for a city like Karachi which is mini Pakistan and has a dense population of almost 18 million has an international cricket stadium of 36,000 people only and that renovation was too made for the 1996 Cricket World Cup of South Asia, since than there have not been any renovation work and not just seating capacity but overall structure is seeming to be stagnant. After seeing the stadiums of India during IPL3, the kind of improvement work they had on their stadiums, specially the Madras stadium where Saeed Anwar scored famous 194 against the home team, has been improved so much that its in race with the stadiums on Australia, South Africa and England.

Why can't we think for it too? Not just NSK but also Qaddafi Stadium Lahore needs improvement as these two stadiums are the cricketing landmarks and represents Pakistan in the cricketing world.



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