Yesterday, the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) announced they would provide land to the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) to build a purpose built blind cricket stadium and hostel.
LDA’s announcement came after actions earlier this week that put a halt to construction efforts on a stadium at Mauza Rakh Jhedu Ferozepur Road in Lahore had been rented to the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council in 2004. Building had been overseen by the Punjab Sports Board. The specific land allocated to be allocated by the LDA not been named, and the PBCC has said that unless the land is close to the city and is given to them under the same conditions as their land at Mauza Rakh Jhedu Ferozepur Road in Lahore, they will take steps whatever other steps they can. This includes playing on a temporary basis at various cricket grounds not designed for blind cricket in Lahore. PBCC would be unhappy with this as an outcome as this situation has had an overall negative impact on the development of blind cricket in the country.
LDA Director General Nabeel Javed was quoted by the APP as saying yesterday, “We are equally supplementing the ongoing efforts of the Punjab Government to provide play grounds for engaging youth in healthy activities and providing a cricket stadium for visually impaired cricketers is a part of our plan to create facilities for physically handicapped sportsmen.”
Other blind cricket news this week included the 2016 Blind World Twenty20 being posted posted two months until January 2017 following the death of Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) President S P Nagesh last month. CABI needs the extra time to deal with internal reorganization.