’Karachiites dismayed over no cricket match’

KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui on Monday said Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman did not fulfill his promise of holding two Zimbabwe matches in Karachi over which he and Karachiites felt dismal.

“I have written a letter to PCB chairman to express my and Karachiites’ feelings,” he said while addressing a reception held as an acknowledgment of the services of sports journalists and other personalities belonging to sports and their development.

Siddiqui said every province and city of the state was ours. Matches should be held in every city; however it was disappointing that the decision of holding matches in Karachi was changed one-sidedly.

He said Sindh chief minister had also expressed his discontent over PCB decision. CM wanted that international matches be held in the city which would help promote peace in the city and soothe the love of cricket lovers.

The commissioner thanked media for supporting his stance for holding matches of Zimbabwe team in Karachi.

“The efforts of pacifying the city would be helped by sports. International matches should be held here,” he stressed.

He said Karachi administration through Sports Coordination Committee was trying to promote sports in Karachi. The committee had played an important role in promotion of sports in the city.

“Sports Coordination Committee has got the cooperation of sports department, schools, universities, philanthropists, Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry and non-governmental organizations. With their cooperation every so often it organizes different sports competitions, sports festivals and tournaments,” he said.

The commissioner also lauded the services of sports journalists and said the services of journalists could not be forgotten for promotion of sports and without their involvement the goals of spreading message of peace and positive development of society could not be achieved.

Secretary Sports Laiq Ahmed, Olympian Islahuddin, member of Sports Coordination Committee Peerzada, Nadeem Umar, Mirza Iqbal Baif and sports organizer Ghulam Muhammed also addressed on the occasion.

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