It has been decided by the Sindh government to restore the lost glory of the historic Niaz Stadium in Hyderabad.
Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah has held deliberations with the heads of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) regarding this.
It has been planned by the government to increase the seating capacity of the stadium, revamp the pavilion and install a scoreboard screen.
Sindh government wants to completely restore the Niaz Stadium as soon as possible. The goal is to host PSL matches at the stadium in upcoming years.
Also, Niaz Stadium will host international matches as well. The Commissioner Hyderabad, Muhammad Abbas Baloch said that unauthorized construction going on within the premises of Niaz Stadium has been halted by the administration.
Earlier, the Sindh sports board started constructing squash and tennis court worth Rs. 65 million and Rs. 20 million respectively. But now the administration will give alternate land for the construction of tennis and squash court, as revealed by the Commissioner.
Now the Hyderabad administration has decided to divert the development funds towards revamping Niaz Stadium.
It was back in November 1961 that the then Commissioner Hyderabad, Niaz Ahmed, inaugurated the stadium. In 1962, the South Zone and Pakistan Education Board played the inaugural first-class match at the venue.
The stadium remains a witness to the first-ever ODI hat trick by Pakistan’s Jalaludin. Also, the stadium holds the record of hosting the 1000th international Test match. It was back in 1973 that the first-ever Test match between Pakistan and England was hosted at Niaz Stadium. And in 1984 the last test match was played at the stadium between Pakistan and New Zealand.