Cricket is the most popular and viewed sports in Pakistan and it is also a sizable viewership in Asia.
ICC T20 World Cup 2021
Therefore ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is the talk of the town these days. Pakistan will kick off its campaign in the event playing match against India and Pakistani cricket lovers across the country are eagerly waiting to watch the match on TV. They haven’t seen their team playing any ICC event at home ground, as Pakistan has been deprived to play the game at home since a long time. That’s why they all have pinned their hope for a safe, internationally-recognized and ICC-approved venue where international cricket could be possible in Pakistan. And, the Rafi Cricket Stadium in Bahria Town Karachi is one of their biggest hopes.
Rafi Cricket Stadium
Rafi Cricket Stadium is expected to be completed next year. It is being developed as per the international standards of development with design approved by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Once the Rafi Cricket Stadium completed, Bahia Town Karachi would definitely host international cricket teams inside and as well as the ICC competitions. Many cricketing experts believe with that cricket would return to Pakistan.
The attack on Sri Lanka Cricket team in 2009 outside Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore left Pakistan cricket in chaos. The Test series cancelled on the same day and other foreign teams refused to play cricket in Pakistan. As a result, Pakistan had to shift their home matches at neutral venues and the UAE became Pakistan’s adopted home ground to host international matches. Pakistan had also been dropped as a co-host of the 2011 World Cup and many other international cricket events.
It has been assured by international cricket fraternity that when the security situation will get improve in Pakistan, international cricket teams would again comeback in Pakistan.
Bahria Town Karachi
Bahria Town Karachi is one of the most secured and safe towns in Pakistan. It is, in fact, a city within city with a gated-community neighborhood, inside a fortified boundary wall. International delegates has no hesitancy to visit here and feel safe during their stay. A five-star hotel is also being built here which can uplift the standards of the scheme. Just a 10-minute drive away from Jinnah International Airport, the Bahria Town Karachi can ensure safe and successful international cricket events to be held in the Rafi Cricket Stadium.
Bahria Town Karachi host many world class sporting attractions but the Rafi Cricket Stadium comes first in this long list. When completed it would become the Pakistan’s largest cricket stadium with capacity of more than 50,000 spectators. Inspired by Dubai International Cricket Stadium, it has an ICC certified design and presently is under-construction. The complex will consist of a world class cricket academy, gymnasium, swimming pool and hostels.
In a word, it is ideal as well as safe for international cricket.
Pakistan Cricket in Bahria Town Karachi
It is reported in various media that some of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2023 matches would likely be played in Rafi Cricket Stadium, Bahria Town Karachi. The neighborhood community has already a sizable population inside and for them big TV screens has already been installed to watch ICC T20 World Cup 2021 at many Bahria Town Karachi’ venues and restaurants. When the PSL matches played here, they would definitely go to Rafi Cricket Stadium to enjoy the game. Besides many young cricket fans and their families can also visit Bahria Town Karachi from Karachi and other cities of Sindh on daily basis with ease to watch PSL matches and make the event successful.
In the words of Waqas Yousuf the Director at Zuraaco Marketing, “the Rafi Cricket Stadium will kick-start resumption of international cricket in Pakistan.”