Night Match

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A common sight on Saturday nights, these cricket matched start about 2 am in the morning and end around 6 am. A good activity but on the cost of immense electricity consumption, often not even paid for.
Can’t we just play while the sun is still up?

19 Comments so far

  1. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 5:58 pm

    On your part, Jamash, you are quite right. But as everyone, who has played Night street cricket matches, knows that the reasons are two fold: one, the streets are devoid of vehicle traffic and there is less humidity, not to mention the day-time heat and sun glare.


  2. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 6:01 pm

    My comments should have read:

    “…traffic; and two, there is less humidity, not to mention the day-time heat and sun glare.”

    So sorry for the little error.


  3. Saqib (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 6:49 pm

    aaaah night matches .. especially during ramadan .. another one of the things that only a karachiite can truly understand


  4. Adil Mulki (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 7:19 pm

    Well i just played cricket last night. We do it on sat nights sometimes… We usually play at a govt club, ofcourse we don’t pay anything cause one of the player’s dad is some big shot in the red tape circuit. In any case, i feel its the govt’s business to provide decent sports facilities to all the citizens ;)
    . . . And btw i do feel better with the sports activities instead of the usual ‘awaragardi’, sheesha and food sittings, or even jamming sessions with friends’ band. Good healthy fun, even a good socializing event, as we usually play with People from our profession having as little cricketing skills as ourselves. :)


  5. KhiTorPitt (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 7:23 pm

    I was thinking about the ppl living on the street, how they can sleep in so much noise ? somebody might be studying, somebody might be sick, there might be some ppl who have to go to job also during weekends.
    You guys will have reason that “we dont have playgrounds”. I know thats true, but why the other ppl have to suffer bcoz of your entertainment ??


  6. IllusionFS (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 9:37 pm

    Khitorpitt, I dont think anybody suffers. Our houses are made of solid concrete and are well sealed.

    Adil, yeah it is a pretty decent activity to do. But again, please dont expect the government to do everything for you when you are misusing your big shots uncles powers. lol. And you can always join the Asghar Ali Shah Stadium and I am sure many other cricket clubs which organize these activities.

    Jamash, a valid point on account of bijjlee not paid for, but are you sure you meant immense ?? they are just a bunch of hanger lights, not flood lights. wake up saathi


  7. Jamash (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 10:30 pm

    I agree Illusion, The activity it’s self is somewhat constructive, and we don’t get directly effected by such events, We have all solid wall houses and for those who live in hutments don’t have any open fields near their house and we all know that noise pollution is the least of their problems.
    The issue here is just electricity.

    Hangers are halogen tubes available in 500 and 1000 watts versions, they are the same tubes used in flood lights. Usually 1000 watt hangers are used for such events because they cost almost the same as 500 Watt ones and produce half the amount of light. In this particular event there were 16 x 1000 watt hangers working over night to light up the event……


  8. IllusionFS (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 10:33 pm

    That’s sweet. lol


  9. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 11:39 pm

    On a lighter note, Its fun to enjoy night cricket, both as a player and as a spectator on sitting foothpaths or sitting in a balcony. Its fun. Do remember that many players in current national team were street players. Afridi is one of them used to play on streets of FB area.

    On a serious note, lack of cricket grounds and players have no choice other than playing on streets.

    @illusion: tum tu BATTA FAST bowler hongay apni jawani may?:d

    I think many grounds have been removed now. I do see famous Petrol pump ground in Nazd no.1 is not a cricket ground anymore. No pitch!!


  10. IllusionFS (unregistered) on November 6th, 2006 @ 1:59 am

    Adnan: I was/am a fast bowler, apni jawani mein. Ab huddion mein damm kahan. Aur Afridi ko nay FB Area kahan pohoncha diya, woh bichara to 13-d ki paida-waar hai :D


  11. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 6th, 2006 @ 4:49 am

    yar kia afridi ki ammi ne fb area jakar khelne se manakia tha? by the way this is something new for me atleast that he was born in 13-d.


    I was/am a fast bowler,

    batta na?;d. I used to be a medium pacer/spinner. It was not easy to play my off cutters :d


  12. IllusionFS (unregistered) on November 6th, 2006 @ 8:22 am

    I wasnt batta :D
    What makes u think I was a batta fast bowler?


  13. ChampooNath GHOSLEY (unregistered) on November 6th, 2006 @ 10:07 am

    illusion chal aja match rakh raha mey meray mohallay k team k sath?20-20 overs ka 3 matches aur inaam me ek bat(Balla) aur puri team ka usmania me lunch. Hamaray mohallay ka chacha Basheer cholay walay mehman-e-khusoosi hongay. meri team 10 number lalukhet k hay bilkul chakas. Papu behari k ayse zabardast inswing yorker hoti he k waqar tu tel bechta nazar ai. saleem banagali k ayse udham line and length k mcGrawth bhe bacha lagay aur nadeem kachray k ayse spin k shane warne khudkushi karlay. bol rakhta hay match? alAzam k londay itna kootain gay k chati aur satween sab ka doodh yad ajye ga. Tapar hey tu bardasht kar warna pas kar.


  14. IllusionFS (unregistered) on November 6th, 2006 @ 10:46 am

    Champoo :D … I am not in the city, aa kar baat karon ga tumharay say. lol


  15. Mansoor (unregistered) on November 6th, 2006 @ 12:06 pm

    Lol! Idhar bhi match settings started! The ego factor among teams was the most fun part of these events.. Especially during the cheering or booing. Good memories those.


  16. ny (unregistered) on November 6th, 2006 @ 12:14 pm

    Can someone please ask PCB selectors to visit these night crcket scenes??? Atleast we’ll get some “batsman” who’d actually play and not get bundled out as we did so cheaply against SA.

    Rearding Afridi playing in FB area. PLEASE please tell the Pepsi poster boy to GO BACK TO FB AREA and play CRICKET and have his pepsis ….atleast (hopefully) he may score something out there on regular basis.


  17. Da-Man (unregistered) on November 6th, 2006 @ 5:16 pm

    @Champoo LOL. Papu Behari, Saleem Bengali, Nadeem Kachra? Sounds like alias of MQM goons.
    How about Sohail aka Kalia, Lateef aka langra cammando, Fareed aka kaana badshah!


  18. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 6th, 2006 @ 6:30 pm

    that kachra thing reminded me Lagaan:>

    @illusionFs: many streets fast bowlers are used to jerk their hands before releasing the bowl:)


  19. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on November 6th, 2006 @ 6:30 pm

    s/bowl/ball



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