National Stadium Karachi (NSK) is undergoing renovation much before the date of the scheduled PSL (Pakistan Super League) matches early next year.
NSK is devoid of any international activity ever since its last hosted test match against Sri Lanka back in 2009.
Despite the fact that the terrorists’ attack took place on the Sri Lankan team at Lahore in 2009 still most of the international matches are still planned at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, including the PSL final of last year and a T20 against Sri Lanka last month.
There was pressure mounting on the Pakistan Cricket Board for overlooking the country’s premier test center for hosting international matches. Finally, Najam Sethi—Chairman PCB during a press conference some weeks back informed that NSK would be holding two to four of the PSL matches and the final match of the PSL-3.
PSL third edition is to commence from the mid of February and ending in March with the final planned on the 23rd of March. The participating teams would be the runners-up Quetta Gladiators, Karachi Kings, Lahore Qalandars, the winners Peshawar Zalmi, Islamabad United—Champions 2016 and the newly introduced franchise Multan Sultan.
A total of thirty-four matches are to be staged out of them ten would be hosted in Pakistan—six in Lahore and four in Karachi, as per the reports.
The National Logistics Cell(NLC)engineering unit has been given the assignment of completing the first phase of the overhaul to make sure that the stadium gets ready for the PSL matches.
PCB has allotted a budget of rupees 1.5 million for the upgradation of the NSK to NLC. NESPAK is the consultant of NLC. The contract is that the task should be completed in less than a years’ time.
On visiting NSK one notices the renovation work in progress as twenty-two public washrooms along with eight to ten toilets of the main block have all been pulled apart. Also, the roofs of the VIP stands including the Javed Miandad enclosure and Hanif Muhammad enclosure have been removed.
Thirty hospitality boxes along with attached washrooms situated on the fourth floor with the installation of a modernized lift to these boxes are all part of the first phase of renovation.
The entrance of the stadium would also be worked upon and both the roads heading towards it would also be carpeted.
Parking area up to the capacity of five hundred to six hundred cars is also being made.
The stadium itself has the capacity of holding up to thirty-three thousand spectators and has witnessed its full glory when in 2008—Asia Cup, Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka played their matches here.