Earlier this week, blind cricket players in Lahore took to social media and traditional news outlets in the Pakistani city to complain about the barriers the Lahore Development Authority has put up to prevent the creation of the country’s first purpose built blind cricket grounds.
Land at Mauza Rakh Jhedu Ferozepur Road in Lahore had been rented to the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council in 2004, with changes made to the lease in March 2005. The purpose of the lease was to build the Cricket Stadium for the Blind. As part of the lease agreement, Government of Punjab had committed to building both a stadium and a hostel to allow players to train and play matches based on their own scheduling needs as opposed to schedules of available venues in the city. Construction for the facilities began several weeks ago.
Lahore Development Authority put a stop to the construction this week, citing the planned facility in Muaza coming under their purview as it is in land that is part of the planned the LDA City.