LAHORE: Pakistan Blind Cricket players urge Lahore Development Authority (LDA) to stop creating hurdles in the construction of Cricket Ground for the Blind. 

In a statement, they said, there will be no option left for Pakistan Blind Cricket players other than to protest against them in Lahore to get their due right, if hurdles are three.

Pakistan Blind Cricket Council had been leased out a piece of land at Mauza Rakh Jhedu Ferozepur Road, Lahore vide Secretary Colonies Department letter No.5122-2004/3882-C.S (1), dated: 01/12/2004 and further vide Mutation No.14 dated: 30-03-2005 for the Cricket Stadium for the Blind.

The Government of Punjab also committed to construct the Stadium and Hostel for the Blind Cricket players on the said piece of land, where the two times World Champs do regular practice and play matches at their own will and ease.

Upon the special instruction of Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Sports Board Punjab has approved a scheme for the establishment of Cricket Stadium for the blind at the said piece of the land and construction work was stared couple of weeks ago.

But Lahore Development Authority (LDA) started creating hurdles in the development work and eventually construction work was stopped just on the pretext that the said Muaza (Village) falls under their proposed LDA City.

The said piece of land is leased out to Pakistan Blind Cricket Council almost 12 years ago for the specific purpose of Stadium for the Blind and PBCC is still its lessee.

LDA doesn’t own this land and stopping the construction is not only unjustified but also depriving the rights of Blind People to have their own first Cricket Ground in Pakistan.

Lahore Development Authority (LDA) rather than providing grounds to special person for their sports is snatching the sports facilities being provided by Worthy Chief Minister Punjab.

We hereby requests Worthy Chief Minister of Punjab to take the notice of LDA unjustified actions and issue orders to reinstate the construction work of the Cricket Ground of the Blind. NNI