The teams playing in Pakistan vs England could be a great battle. Both teams have some big hitters, some players who are past their prime, and both have some really good coaches. There is no doubt that England has a better group of players, but if they can’t win a series against a quality opponent, they will be in danger of slipping into the post season. In order to avoid that, I think that they should put more focus on getting past this Pakistan vs England match.
The venue for this clash is a little weird for an English team to play in, but it is the only top-level game that takes place in Pakistan this month. The venue is the Dubai Sport City Stadium, which is also used by football and soccer teams from around the world. The name of the stadium is fitting, as it is basically a pitch made just for sports. It was previously the home of the Manchester City Football Club, and until recently was the base for the national football team. There is some conflicting information about whether the fixtures would take place there or at the national stadium, so I will assume that they are both being held at the same venue.
If you are going to take a look at the venues in Pakistan vs England, you might as well take a look at the venues for this summer’s fixtures between Pakistan and the West Indies. This is a huge game, with two evenly matched teams that have never faced each other before. I’m expecting fireworks and a really good game, and I don’t expect anything less than a draw.
This is a venue with a lot of promise for Pakistani fans, but I wouldn’t dismiss the idea of a visit to England by Pakistan. The venues for cricket at the Dubai Sport City seem pretty decent, but I haven’t seen the matches and so I can only make a speculation based on what I’ve seen. The ground is also host to a football club, and this could be a factor in why there is so much support for Pakistan vs England. It seems that wherever England plays, their fans turn up in force.
Another venue with immense potential for a successful cricket match, especially on a hot summer day, is the Indian Ocean Beach Resort and Club. I was there during the Indian Premier League, and to my surprise there was absolutely no crowd, despite the fact that the game was taking place on a sunny, warm day. The infrastructure of the club itself is impressive, with well-kept grass fields, swimming pools and tennis courts. Despite the lack of a full house, I saw many people playing tennis, which is usually a feature at such venues. The PMI is located at the same location, so I imagine that there will be plenty of space available for a crowd if Pakistan vs England become too hot for the weather.
Events such as the PMI, conducted every four years, are considered to be a must attend event by any politician. Pakistan vs England are due to take place in April, so it makes sense that the PMI has been busy preparing for the event. Given the importance attached to this event, it’s obvious that they have invested a lot in facilities at the venue. Facilities at the PMI are probably the best available anywhere in Pakistan. There are four fully operational hotels within the vicinity, catering for over 1000 guests. There’s even a shopping mall, with numerous restaurants, bars and other facilities.
An interesting point to note is the absence of a cricket pavilion in the vicinity. Although I understand the financial implications of having a cricket pavilion, it would certainly have been nice to see something like this at a PMI event. Perhaps a more appropriate venue could have been the tourism complex in Karachi, as it is still the heartbeat of Pakistan. Although I can’t quite understand why Pakistan vs England haven’t been able to include a cricket ground; the venue would have certainly enhanced the overall atmosphere. A centrally located location is perhaps the best way to promote tourism, especially in a volatile tourism climate such as Pakistan.
I also find it strange that the PMI chose a location that does not receive a lot of tourist traffic, but at the same time, is surrounded by water on three sides. The lack of an all-inclusive venue might have been responsible for their decision there. However, given the poor tourism sector, I wouldn’t hold my breath for a Pakistan vs England Twenty20 in Karachi. I’m expecting more fireworks in Azad Maidan or elsewhere in Pakistan, but don’t hold your breath for the PMI event in Karachi.