As I drove past the backside of the National Stadium on the eve of the final of ABN Amro Twenty20 cup, ninety minutes before the start of the match, I saw four guys in the late teens, climbing the gates to get in the stadium to watch a match which was free for everyone to begin with. Hardly twenty steps ahead, there was another gate which was wide open and people were calmly walking in without any hindrance.
A chaotic week ended on a night that saw all the work of the last couple of years by the authorities projecting Karachi as a safe city for international cricket matches go down the drain. After the bomb blast and the mismanagement of the final, it will be hard to imagine any international team agreeing to play here. More so, PCB will have a hard time convincing ABN Amro to hold the tournament in Karachi next year especially after the smooth sailing of previous year’s tournament in which a record crowd watched the final in a festive atmosphere.
It was sad to watch a few miscreants spoil the fun for thousands who came to watch what promised to be the most entertaining match of the tournament.