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Lahore Development Authority puts up barriers to creation of first blind cricket grounds in country

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Pakistan takes on Australia at the Blind Cricket World Cup. Image credit: Pakistan Blind Cricket Council

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.

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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.

Laura Hale
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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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