The Provincial Government of Balochistan in collaboration with armed forces is working their fingers to the bone for encouraging healthy activities in the region. In the light of recent events, the Gwadar Cricket Stadium is making the rounds on both international and national platforms owing to its picturesque beauty and scenic views.
“Show us a more picturesque sports venue than the Gwadar cricket stadium in Balochistan”, The Gwadar Stadium – previously deemed as the Ishaq Baloch Cricket Stadium – was introduced to the world by the International Cricket Council with this tweet from ICC.
Located in the embrace of jagged mountains and near the coastline of Balochistan, the stadium is so much more than just a cricket ground. Let’s explore more about Gwadar Cricket Stadium!
Gwadar Cricket Stadium
Fakhr-e-Alam first shared the pictures of this one-of-a-kind sports venue, urging all the cricket lovers in the world to come and play cricket in the most beautiful cricket ground that has ever been witnessed by human sight.
The stadium is speculated to play an integral role in hosting international cricket tours in Pakistan, further solidifying the ground for international cricket in the country. Inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan in November of 2020, the Gwadar Cricket Stadium is one of the 34 sports related projects in the province.
The stadium has reawakened the love for cricket that every Pakistani has hidden somewhere in their hearts. Similar to Faisal Iqbal, the head coach of Balochistan, many have been filled with the urge to look for fresh talent to play on the ground.
Recent Updates and Features of Gwadar Cricket Stadium
In a meeting recently chaired by Chief Minister Jam Jamal Khan, some crucial decisions regarding the upgradation of Gwadar Stadium were made. The official aims to transform Gwadar Cricket Stadium into a cricket ground where they can host international tournaments.
In collaboration with Pakistan Cricket Board, the upcoming updates include:
- Digital Scoreboard
- Media Box
- VIP Box
- Enclosures to increase current capacity
- International standard floodlights
- State-of-the-art playing pitch
If you are charmed by the beauty of Gwadar Cricket Stadium, then you’re in for a big surprise. Following the inauguration of the stadium, Gwadar Development Authority revealed that a football stadium will also be constructed adjacent to the stadium.
Location of Gwadar Cricket Stadium
One of the most attractive features of Gwadar Stadium is its prime location in one of the most rapidly developing cities in Pakistan.
Gwadar Cricket Stadium is located in Gwadar City and it enjoys a strategic position in a rapidly developing city that is planned to become the ‘Future Singapore of Pakistan’. Near the convergence of Makran Coastal Highway and Sabzi Mandi Road, the stadium is situated close to major under-developing projects in the city.
Meanwhile, the up-and-coming hockey stadium is situated adjacent to the cricket stadium.
Here are some of the most prominent landmarks situated near the stadium:
- Gwadar Marine Drive: Short distance
- Kallag Beach: 4 minute drive
- Gwadar Public Park: 19 minute drive
Cricket Stadiums in Pakistan
Hockey is the national sport of Pakistan albeit cricket fans are more in numbers. It wouldn’t be wrong in saying that cricket is the most played sport considering the culture of street cricket and the country’s personal cricket series.
There are many stadiums all over the country among which the National Stadium in Karachi and Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore have hosted matches for the 1987 and 1996 World Cup tournament.
Some of the major cricket stadiums in Pakistan include:
- Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium
- Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar
- Bugti Stadium, Quetta
- Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot
- Jinnah Stadium, Gujranawala
- Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad
And now, the most charming stadium in Gwadar is also a part of this list.
More Developments in Gwadar City
Boasting a serene environment, picturesque views, attractive coastline, and peaceful surroundings, Gwadar is an important city of Balochistan. Also deemed as the Port City of Balochistan, the city is planned to become a part of bustling metropolitans in Pakistan.
Often deemed as the ‘Future Singapore of Pakistan’, a great part of the city’s popularity is due to the under-development Gwadar Port. As a matter of fact, the city is an important part of CPEC projects in Pakistan.
Moreover, the Master Plan of Gwadar helps the city in standing out in the economic world, and become the investment hub of the country. The plan aims to feature high-rise buildings, sky scrapers and many other projects, which will lead to an increase in employment.