Published On: Sat, Apr 23rd, 2016

Fans have some objections regarding Pakistan Cup


Fans watching PakistanCup

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has doubled the salaries of players for the ongoing Pakistan Cup to make sure elevated player enthusiasm; the tournament itself has failed to magnetize big masses to the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad.

The PCB has made a verity of alterations to the tournament. The board altered the tournament’s title, from the name of Pentangular Cup to the Pakistan Cup, and also its date, from an end-year tournament to a mid-year tournament, and the players’ match salaries, two times more from Rs10, 000 per match to Rs20, 000. Though, for all these alterations, the board has some way organized to neglect the attentions of the fans.

First, the tournament was anticipated to be played in Multan but was replaced to Faisalabad in a way to shun rains, a useless practice up to now as all three matches have been influenced by the weather to changing degrees.

Though, the people of Faisalabad are not much happy. A cricket fan of Mohammad Umer stated as, “I came to the stadium on the opening two days to see my favorite stars in action but today I faced difficulties entering despite having bought a ticket,” he further added, “The police were not letting us enter the gate number written on the ticket.”

The tickets of the match are not much expensive but still the stadium-goers are not contented with the worth for money they are getting. Aslam Siddiqui further told that “I bought the Rs100 ticket with my own pocket money as my parents were not allowing me to come but I wanted to see Umar Akmal play,” he continued  by saying that “I wish I was able to take a picture with him just like fans of other countries do with their stars.”

A 12 year old cricket fan, who came to watch the Sindh vs Balochistan match from Hafizabad, which has 2 hours distance from Faisalabad, said that “I wasn’t able to see Pakistan’s star pacer Mohammad Amir, who is playing for Sindh, bowl as my dad said we must leave after the first innings otherwise it will get very late,”

Some other fans further continued by saying that “We came directly from our college from 30kilometres away, and the way back to our village is not that safe,” they further added as, “Many people from my village wanted to come but the hours do not allow them to do so.”

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.