PSL and Karachi

Published February 25, 2024

WITH the start of the 9th edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), most people in Karachi have started finding out the dates on which the matches will be held in the city. Practically, Karachiites love to follow the action on their screens, but hosting a match in the city is a prospect that send shivers down one’s spine. The mess that is created on the roads in the name of security is terrible.

For those who are still wondering about the dates, Karachi will host its first match on Feb 28, but the fun will begin on March 7 and last almost nonstop till March 18. This is a public service information that is aimed at helping those who may want to plan their rather forced vacations because the daily commute will take a heavy toll on people’s nerves and, indeed, on their vehicles.

The PSL is considered not just a cricket league, but a mega event which represents the image of the country abroad. Mega events, in turn, are considered a source of development for the hosting cities, which should have meant positive outcomes for the city in terms of infrastructure and logistics. But that is not the case in Karachi.

PSL has always been a nightmare for the people of Karachi. The area around the National Stadium remains cordoned off. Making matters far worse is the fact that the University Road, running parallel to the stadium, has been dug up for the last more than two years. One wonders why it is so beyond the comprehension and ability of the event and city planners to coordinate their activities.

There is hardly any point hoping that the relevant authorities will do anything to ensure public life is not disturbed this year. All that one should hope for is that the people of Karachi will be resilient enough to outlast the hassle this year as well.

Najam Abbasi
Karachi

Published in Dawn, February 25th, 2024

Opinion

Editorial

Energy inflation
Updated 23 May, 2024

Energy inflation

The widening gap between the haves and have-nots is already tearing apart Pakistan’s social fabric.
Culture of violence
23 May, 2024

Culture of violence

WHILE political differences are part of the democratic process, there can be no justification for such disagreements...
Flooding threats
23 May, 2024

Flooding threats

WITH temperatures in GB and KP forecasted to be four to six degrees higher than normal this week, the threat of...
Bulldozed bill
Updated 22 May, 2024

Bulldozed bill

Where once the party was championing the people and their voices, it is now devising new means to silence them.
Out of the abyss
22 May, 2024

Out of the abyss

ENFORCED disappearances remain a persistent blight on fundamental human rights in the country. Recent exchanges...
Holding Israel accountable
22 May, 2024

Holding Israel accountable

ALTHOUGH the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor wants arrest warrants to be issued for Israel’s prime...