A surprise from the skies

Published: October 17, 2015
Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah’s arrival at the Niaz Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad caused quite a stir, not the least because it interrupted a very serious under-19 cricket game. PHOTO: ONLINE

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah’s arrival at the Niaz Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad caused quite a stir, not the least because it interrupted a very serious under-19 cricket game. PHOTO: ONLINE

HYDERABAD: Young cricketers playing for regional teams seldom witness such fortunate days when a province’s chief minister lands smack-dab in the middle of the playground to watch their game from a chopper.

Such a scene was played out at Niaz Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday where the three-day match between under-19 teams of Hyderabad and Quetta regions was underway. Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah’s chopper landed right in the centre of the playground, causing a loss of 20 overs of game play, besides placing the Hyderabad region team in trouble against Quetta.

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The 83-over per day match was supposed to be played between 9am to 5pm. Before the lunch break, Hyderabadi bowlers were dominating the match. “We were to resume after the break at 1:55pm but we weren’t allowed to enter the ground because it was being prepared for the landing of the CM’s helicopter,” a player said.

Giving into pressure, the district administration, represented by additional deputy commissioner Attaullah Norhio, allowed the team to resume play at 2:40pm, but the game continued for only a short while before the chopper was scheduled to land.

“The CM is coming to watch the match,” the additional DC told Express News before Shah’s arrival. He later retracted his statement. However, a press release of the Sindh Information Department quoted the CM as talking to the media while watching the match at Niaz Stadium. The game, for the second time, resumed at 4:30pm and finished with a score of 216 runs of Quetta for five wickets. The match is part of the ongoing Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Inter-Regional Under-19 Cricket Tournament.

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From the stadium, the CM headed to the residence of a party leader where he convened a meeting with Pakistan Peoples Party workers for the local government elections.

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Although, the district administration of Hyderabad owns the stadium, it was leased to the PCB in 2007. The stadium’s manager, Ali Jan Rajpar, expressed helplessness when asked why he could not stop the officials from using the ground for the landing. Around a dozen vehicles were also brought over the ground to receive the CM.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 17th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Timorlane
    Oct 17, 2015 - 12:47PM

    Petty midgets corrupt souls raise their height by standing over power and pelf

    yet they remain petty midgets corrupt soulsRecommend

  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Oct 17, 2015 - 1:55PM

    What to say and what not to say or for that matter why to say and why not to say is my only question to all and the question can be answered by CM himself? Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / zaidi4merdiplomat@hotmail.comRecommend

  • straightshooter
    Oct 17, 2015 - 2:37PM

    So this is Shah Sahib’s plan B to get ‘high’.Recommend

  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Oct 17, 2015 - 5:38PM

    Thank you CM! You are really unexpectedly too good and considerate and allowed the cricketers to resume the game as before though it was very much feared that you will order the players to play cricket which of course you will watch while your helicopter is parked right in the middle of the ground. Thank you again Sir. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / zaidi.formerdiplomat@hotmail.comRecommend

  • Sam
    Oct 17, 2015 - 10:21PM

    This is very common (low) thinking of most Sindhi wadyras. Abuse of power at its highest level. Thank you Sindh for producing such leaders. Recommend

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