Sindh government has decided to restore the lost glory of the historic Niaz Stadium in Hyderabad following the steps of KPK Government who is working on renovations of Arbab Niaz Stadium Peshawar.
In this regard, Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah, has held deliberations with the high ups of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The government plans to increase the seating capacity of the stadium, revamp the pavilion, and install a scoreboard screen.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman has already provided confirmation over Peshawar hosting Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches next year.
PCB chairman has confirmed that Arbab Niaz Stadium will be completed in time for the 6th edition of PSL. While speaking to media, Ehsan Mani said:
We are hopeful that it will be ready in time for matches next year. International games will also be played here once domestic league matches are contested.
The chairman further added that the board wants to bring international matches back to Pakistan and Peshawar can play a crucial role in that. Javed Afridi, the owner of the Peshawar Zalmi franchise, tried his utmost best but his efforts have now all come to a standstill.
Now Sindh government is hopeful to complete the restoration of Niaz Stadium as soon as possible and so that it can host PSL matches in the coming years. Besides, Niaz Stadium will also host international Test, ODI, and T20I matches.
According to Commissioner Hyderabad, Muhammad Abbas Baloch, the district administration has halted the ongoing unauthorized construction within the premises of Niaz Stadium.
Sindh sports board had started the construction of a squash and tennis court worth Rs. 65 million and Rs. 20 million respectively.
The administration will provide alternate land for the construction of both sports courts somewhere else within the city, said the Commissioner.
Moreover, the Hyderabad administration has decided to divert the development funds towards resurrecting Niaz Stadium.
About Niaz Stadium was inaugurated by the then Commissioner Hyderabad, Niaz Ahmed in November 1961. Niaz Stadium witnessed the first-ever ODI hat trick by Pakistan’s Jalaludin. The stadium also holds the record of hosting the 1000th international Test match.
In 1973, the stadium hosted its first-ever Test match between Pakistan and England. The last test at the stadium was played between Pakistan and New Zealand in 1984. Niaz Stadium hosted its first ODI in 1982 between Pakistan and Australia. It last witnessed an ODI in 2008 when Pakistan took on Zimbabwe.