Pakistan September 10, 2011

Let's rename the Gaddafi Stadium

Andrew Hughes welcomes all suggestions, though he has the best one himself
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Wednesday, 7th September There are many strange stories in our great game, but few are stranger than the Legend of the Pink Balls. Long ago, back in the mists of time, men first spoke of cricket balls that were unlike any other. They were spherical, that much is true. They had a stitchy bit around the middle. You could rub them on your trousers. And if you dropped one on your little toe, you hopped around making strange sweary noises for a couple of minutes, just like with normal cricket balls.

But these balls were different. They were pink. Pinker than a fuschia blancmange served in the back of the Pink Panther’s pink Cadillac. No one really knew why they were pink. But the legend was that one day, perhaps before the next ice age, they would be used in a Test match and that when that happened, the night sky would be lit up by floodlights and the people would come in their thousands to marvel. Will the legend ever come true? Or is just a fairy story for schoolchildren and journalists?

Thursday, 8th September Life is full of surprises. Who’d have thought that naming a stadium after a brutal dictator would eventually turn out to be a bit of a PR problem? After all, no one complained when Lahore City Council unveiled the Genghis Khan Equestrian Centre or when they inaugurated the Emperor Nero Leisure Centre. But with the man himself currently hiding somewhere in North Africa, disguised as a cactus, it’s probably time to think about a new name for the Gaddafi Stadium.

The Imran Khan Stadium has a nice ring to it. Or perhaps a senior cricket administrator might be persuaded to retire in exchange for having a venue named after him: the Butt Bowl anyone? Still, I think we can do even better. I am starting a petition to persuade the PCB to rename the place after Pakistan’s greatest cricket export. No, not the doosra. I’m talking about the Jhang Justice himself, the unflappable arbiter with the immaculate coiffure and the steely gaze. Ladies and gentleman, I give you: the Aleem Dar Arena. Let’s make it happen.

Friday, 9th September Lots of people don’t understand John Buchanan. They snigger when he gets out his Big Book Of Thinking or when he reads a Klingon haiku. It is often the fate of the genius to be mocked by his contemporaries. Lots of people criticised General Custer and his “charge headlong in this direction and see what happens” strategy. But 135 years on, guess what? No one remembers them and Custer is a household name.

In appointing 50% of New Zealand’s selection panel, Big J didn’t go just left field. He climbed up onto his imaginary unicorn and rode it right the way across to the other side of the left field, skipped through the magical forest where the leprechauns live and followed the yellow brick road over the hills and far away to pixie land. And what were the pixies doing when he got there? They were playing bowls.

High performance lawn bowls, to be exact. But in case you’re worried, New Zealand fans, be reassured. Kim Littlejohn may not be able to pick Brendon McCullum out of a line-up but he is skilled in “performance focussed management” and “cultural change”. And by picking a squad full of players capable of trundling the ball along the ground slowly, he can help the Black Caps to take sweet revenge. Remember Trevor Chappell? Remember 1981? Well, soon it will be payback time.

Andrew Hughes is a writer currently based in England

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  • chris on September 20, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    I've always thought Gaddafi looked remarkably like Imran Khan, so perhaps it wouldn't be that much of a change.

  • RANA KHALID LUQMAN on September 13, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    HAVE A GOOD DAY ALL THE PAKISTANIES.its a matter of shame for all those people who always fins such opportunities of making nuecece in our country,changeing the name of a cricket stadium is not a big deal ,matter is that why so earlly such people change their attitude abt a islamic countrt libya,its not a long days stories when pakistani people and rulers of countries get fell proud to vist and making relation with libian govt and their sources,

  • waterbuffalo on September 11, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    I vote it should renamed the Kim Jong Il Stadium.

  • ibadullah on September 11, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    I suggest the name of the stadium should be SAFI Stadium instead of Gaddafi,

  • the the on September 11, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Peace park garden

  • Zaheer Maqbool on September 11, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    The name of Gaddafi Stadium was alloted by our Shaheed Z A Bhutto, so this name should not be changed, and Lybian politics is their internal problem so please do not mix politics and sports.

  • ATIFA on September 11, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    gaddafi stadium should be named as AFRIDI arene or Haneef mohammad stadium

  • bretmus on September 11, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Should be called the Meher stadium after Meher Mohammad Khalil, the bus driver who saved the lives of the Sri Lankan cricket team

  • Muhammad Akmal on September 11, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    Imran Khan Stadium is the best choice ever

  • Jaan Mohd on September 11, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    The name should remain as Qaddafi stadium, He was a hero at that time and he developed Libya.

    if we changed it Imran Khan Or Aleem Dar and next in couple of years they are involed in any scam then what we will do at time ,,,, Change it again..

  • chris on September 20, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    I've always thought Gaddafi looked remarkably like Imran Khan, so perhaps it wouldn't be that much of a change.

  • RANA KHALID LUQMAN on September 13, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    HAVE A GOOD DAY ALL THE PAKISTANIES.its a matter of shame for all those people who always fins such opportunities of making nuecece in our country,changeing the name of a cricket stadium is not a big deal ,matter is that why so earlly such people change their attitude abt a islamic countrt libya,its not a long days stories when pakistani people and rulers of countries get fell proud to vist and making relation with libian govt and their sources,

  • waterbuffalo on September 11, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    I vote it should renamed the Kim Jong Il Stadium.

  • ibadullah on September 11, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    I suggest the name of the stadium should be SAFI Stadium instead of Gaddafi,

  • the the on September 11, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Peace park garden

  • Zaheer Maqbool on September 11, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    The name of Gaddafi Stadium was alloted by our Shaheed Z A Bhutto, so this name should not be changed, and Lybian politics is their internal problem so please do not mix politics and sports.

  • ATIFA on September 11, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    gaddafi stadium should be named as AFRIDI arene or Haneef mohammad stadium

  • bretmus on September 11, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    Should be called the Meher stadium after Meher Mohammad Khalil, the bus driver who saved the lives of the Sri Lankan cricket team

  • Muhammad Akmal on September 11, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    Imran Khan Stadium is the best choice ever

  • Jaan Mohd on September 11, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    The name should remain as Qaddafi stadium, He was a hero at that time and he developed Libya.

    if we changed it Imran Khan Or Aleem Dar and next in couple of years they are involed in any scam then what we will do at time ,,,, Change it again..

  • Rob on September 11, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    I don't know why they people are crazy by keeping the names of those who are no where related to cricket. They have to keep the names of the cricketers who dedicated their life's to the game. Atleast the future generation will be knowing who is who and who played for their country and what they gave to their country.

  • Rizwan on September 11, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    YES.... finally someone has spoken about it. It is so humiliating that a stadium in Pakistan is named after someone.... well u know.

    At least a stand should be named aftre Aleem dar by now.

    PLease leave the Butt's out.

  • Ahmed B. Sheikh on September 11, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    Gaddafi was (is) a brutal person. However, Pakistanis have traditional relationship with Libya. The name of the stadium should be changed, but it should remain refferenced to Libya, Why Not, it be named as Ben Ghazi Stadium or Tripoli Stadium.

  • malik on September 11, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    Zardari stadium - To the predecessor after Gaddafi

  • Rashid Khan on September 11, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    I'll sign the petition. Aleem Dar is an excellent suggestion - its neutral. The Pakistani politicians will never name it after Imran as he is a politician too. My suggestion is to call it "Freedom Stadium" - freedom from all oppression around the world, be it in Libya or Pakistan (and freedom from all dictators, be it Qaddafi or any one else).

  • T R Khan on September 11, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    If it really requires to change the name. I would suggest, the best option would be "Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan Stadium"

  • kabalia on September 11, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    i think the name should be changed from Gaddafi to Bush stadium as America is now a days great contributor in Pakistan economy.

  • FARUKH on September 11, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    LETS CHANGE RENAME "LORDS " TO "COMMONS"

  • Anjum on September 11, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    In my openion the name should be Benazir stadium.

  • sunny @ Bangkok on September 11, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    shouldn't change this name coz we gave this name coz we love lybia and Gazaffi was the icon of lybia. And we still love lybia and there people this name is the icon of friendship and love with them. Please don't put ur politics here. Don't make it an issue for Pakistan. You guys did enough to stop cricket in Pakistan.Pakistan

  • Jamil on September 11, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    I would keep the name just because it pisses of the west.

  • Patriotic on September 11, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    Come on. No need to put attention to these petty issues like changing names. The world has gone beyond this.

    History tells us that British Lords were racists and committed horrible crimes against people of different race. Should we rename Lords?

  • USA on September 11, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    Really guys??? Are some of you so over your head that you can't take a joke or its just that you have to much time on hand to waste your time fightiing over this make uintented punt....come on dudes chil...Seriously guys, learn to take a joke..!!!

  • Yogesh on September 11, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    "Lavapuri Cricket Stadium" would be the perfect name to it because it was founded by Prince Lava.

  • asad on September 11, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    we would not like to change the existing name , Because Ghadafi is one of the best friend of Pakistan " GEO GHADAFI "

  • Hussain Naqvi on September 11, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    Aleem Dar Arena

  • Eliya Abbas on September 11, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    How about just "Boom Boom Afridi Stadium"??

  • Fady Hassan on September 11, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    I think Gaddafi Stadium should be named Imran Khan Stadium!

  • lankan on September 11, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    dont change the name he only pay the money or ritend his helps and change the neme we dont know Gadafi is good or bad GOD only know he is good or bad, dont change your maind s for westen contrys propeganda

  • akurana washeem on September 11, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    zia-ul-haq memorial ground

  • Shams Ur Rehman on September 11, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    Changing it to Imran Khan or Abdul Qadir Stadium would be very good.

  • Ajay Ladkani on September 11, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    As long as pakistan is playing in UAE or other neutral venues, changing name of the stadium doesn't matter. If it is necessary, honour Libyans and name it Tripoli stadium.

  • Nabil on September 11, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    Why dont we just make it easy and name it " IJAZ BUTT STADIUM" Hes the one running the show for pakistan cricket. I mean if you can let a person like him make your decisions and MURDER the great talent of pakistanis in this game of cricket, why not just let him have his name in this building. We can win any/every/All the championship or worldcups cause we do have the talent in cricket like no other in this world. rather then facing these issues we worry about name changing of a ground, WOW excellent job pakistanis.... PS: Name shouldnt be change for such a reason, or better yet name it after the first country who will come to pakistan and play in our home grounds. Now thats an ANTE lol

  • aupurbo on September 11, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    why don't you destroy the stadium and tell the rebellions to build a new one

  • C A Kabir on September 11, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    The best name I can think of is LCG (Lahore Cricket Ground), don't bring any name in order to avoid any controversy in the future.

  • Peace Nepal on September 11, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    i am not agreed with this. just focus on how to improve the game as well your playing level. it is donesnt matter in which stadium you are plying, just you think you have to play good for you and your country.

  • abid shah on September 11, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    what abot javed imran stadium......

  • malij on September 11, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    To my knowledge this is one of the most arrogant, self serving, absurd suggestions I have ever heard. The renaming of Gaddafi stadium is in the hand of Pakistanis and not any other country or a person. Gaddafi may have done some mistakes but to his credit he had helped lot of countries in the third world and he had not expected anything back from them unlike most of the developed countries. Also he had done nothing comparing to the crimes done to the third world countries and the countries which did not toe their line, by the so called western humanitarians. That is why now the world is full of chaos with whackos hell bent on taking revenge. Please do not bring politics in to sports and do not try to impose your will on other countries. Pakistanis are capable of deciding such matters on their own.

  • Abid Ashar on September 11, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    Renaming is an uncalled for nuisance. You will need to consider the person having greatest contribution Pakistani cricket and sports. The only name which comes is Nur Khan, the great servant for cricket, hockey & squash.

  • Naveed Diwan on September 11, 2011, 3:28 GMT

    Well I think it should not be an issue. Qaddafi Stadium was named more then 38 years ago. and I think it will not affect any one, or affect cricket if it remain Qaddafi Stadium. Qaddafi is ruling Libya for last 40 years, and Why now ?????? we do not care about Dictator Qaddafi or what so ever, Qaddafi Stadium is symbol of Lahore not Libya. International Cricket is already suffering in Pakistan So PCB should work on it rather wasting time on Qaddafi Stadium name or related issues ......

  • Tarar on September 11, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    No, I am not in favour of changing the name though I am presently against Qaddafi. Please keep the name as it is. Its historical and keep history.

  • Ali on September 11, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    International cricket should bring back to Lahore. thats all this peaceful cricket loving nation want. Call it Obama stadium doesn't matter in the end. Regards

  • B.N. KHILJI on September 11, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    Name should be changed with the name of the LIBYAN LEGEND and respected in all over Libya : OMAR MUKHTAR [A REAL HERO OF LIBYA]

  • manzoor ul haq butt on September 11, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    yes it must be changed as soon as possible with the new name as Aleem dar stadium

  • Ahsan Sadiq on September 11, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    I suggest renaming Gaddafi Stadium to Kardar Stadium after Abdul Kardar, Pakistan's first test captain. It's also appropriate since he hailed from Lahore.

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  • yad garcha on September 11, 2011, 2:38 GMT

    i dont think politics should come in sports. so in my opinion it shud stay as it is. it totally depend upon the pakistani cricket fans how they think about it.

  • Khalid on September 11, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    How about George Bush or Barrack Obama Stadium. After all Pakistan is the puppet of America and one of their leaders need to be honoured.

  • Circe on September 11, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    The Aleem Dar Arena is a fine name, though it would be a bit unfair for Asad Rauf.

    If there was an ICC ranking of countries based on their umpiring, Pakistan would take the cake by a huge margin, won't they?

  • zulfikar on September 11, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    2 all the bone heads we never loved : Is there any sense in taxing yr dis functional brain as to what a stadium should be called when u don't have any international cricket? BTW, changing the name would not mean u have earned a clean chit from International Community!!! Good luck guys!

  • Richard Hong Kong on September 11, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    The Qaddafi Staduim should be the renamed, and only name in my opinion should be LAHORE CRICKET STADUIM. Just no other name can be agreed upon, in the country where any and every thing can be turn to political and religious fight. The only name which can be undisputed is City name itself, the LAHORE CRICKET STADIUM. It sounds perfect to me, proud to be from LAHORE, thanks.

  • Ali on September 11, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! ............. QADDAFI STADIUM is 100% ok....no need to change it..

  • Shomail Haider on September 11, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    If the stadium was sponsored by him than we should not change, but if any other reason to name it and there was no support from him than it can be change, however; should be a big mess as we have bigger issues to deal with..

  • wasim malik on September 11, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    let's change the name of lords to Karzai cricket stadium because he is working for humanity with the help of british Gov.

  • kazim on September 11, 2011, 1:16 GMT

    wasim akram stadium

  • Manan on September 11, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    The name should be changed,It should be in the name of any one from great pakistanti guns.

  • yad garcha on September 11, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    i dont think politics should come in sports. so in my opinion it shud stay as it is. it totally depend upon the pakistani cricket fans how they think about it.

  • MRUDIN on September 11, 2011, 0:54 GMT

    I am agree with Wazza. Read his comments :

    Gadafi was no more a brutal dictator than Queen Victoria who ruled her colonies with an iron fist. perhaps Australia should change the name of the state of Vicotria, New Zealand university Victoria and the POMs should stop singing 'god save the queen'. people who know nothing about politics should not pretend to know. stick to cricket andrew. Gadafi was a leader supported by 80 percent of his country, a progressive in the midst of islamic extremists his only fault was that he didn't do as the west told him. again, stick to cricket

  • Tassneef on September 11, 2011, 0:48 GMT

    NO , it should nt be renamed, bcs gaddafi sponserd this one to pakistan, we should be thankfull to him for such a greate stadium in pakistan. None of our pOLITICIAN was able to build a stadium inj pakistan

  • Razi on September 11, 2011, 0:47 GMT

    There were lot of dictator who ruled the world with brutalilty like Queen of England.They treated people of Subcontinent lke slaves. We should first think about them not Gaddafi.

  • Awais Malik on September 11, 2011, 0:34 GMT

    Why all of a sudden there is need to change the name of stadium? What made you think to choose this topic? Why dont you write about how to bring back the cricket to Gaddafi stadium instead of igniting a controversial debate.

  • thefakeobserver on September 11, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    It never occurred to me "Gaddafi Stadium" was named for Col. Gaddafi. Following tradition Pakistan should name the stadium "Butt Stadium", after all there is the possibility of Ijaz proposing the proposal to name the stadium for himself.

    Seriously I would go for Imran Khan Stadium.

  • Vincent on September 10, 2011, 23:39 GMT

    Agree that Gaddhafi is a dictator but if we start this process, what about every landmark named after the brutal Britishers who have committed greater genocides in the colonies they ruled?

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  • Aziz Sher on September 10, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    I think leave the stadium name alone. PCB is run mostly by the dictators for last couple decades. So having the stadium after dictators name not a big deal in Pakistan.

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  • Muhammad Asif on September 10, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    Again politics in sport......that;s not good , why you people wants to change the name???have you ever investigated why libya has been attacked ?and who is doing it? and why??Qaddafi did alot not only for Pakistan but also for many African countries, for me he has been targeted , but why , I don't know, only thing that I know is, I like him ....

  • Teepu Sheikh on September 10, 2011, 22:49 GMT

    I have read most of the comments and agree that there are very deserving names e.g Imran Khan, Aleem Dar, Fazal Mahmood etc. If this stadium was funded by Gaddafi using State money then it is the right of people of Libya to decide/approve a new name. (A difficult task but doable) If the stadium was built by Pakistani funds then the most derserving name is Robert Woolmer.

  • Ali zaidi on September 10, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    Let's keep Bob Woolmer name stay alive !!!! Not saying v have forgotten him but v should name stadium after him and show the world how much v love him and appreciate his love toward Pakistan !!! We All Miss You Bob !!! Rip

  • Zahir on September 10, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    Under whose jurisdiction is this stadium.Fed or provincial.If fed then it should be called shaheed Rani museun, if Pro then not so shareef ring,the every 4 of five year change the name to some Generals name another feudal "leader" of the country .This will give us opprtunitie to name stadium after Rahman dakait and Abid Seth as they have also done a lot of charity work.Choices are unlimited.

  • Anonymous on September 10, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    let us change stadium to none other that " Imran Khan Stadium"

  • Hassan Farooqi on September 10, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    A dictator's name should be replaced by a dictator's name. However he has to be a butcher than West planted. I would recommend Ferdinand Marcos Arena, Shah of Iran arena, Pinochet Arena, Noriega Arena. However the best would be Gen. Zia Arena.

  • Irtaza Hassan on September 10, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    The current government has named everything after their dead leader, so they mifght try to call it Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Stadium.

    I don't think we should change the name. Gadaffi Stadium should remain the Gadaffi stadium.

  • Hussain on September 10, 2011, 21:29 GMT

    He paid for the staduim when our country was in need. What's in the Name after all?

  • Hasib on September 10, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    We don't want to erase history. Keep the name as it is.

  • RAFAYE on September 10, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    one man who deserves a better place in pak's cricketing history is bob woolmer ... i think it shud b chnaged to bob woolmer memorial stadium and shud b inaugrated freshly by his wife

  • Saqib on September 10, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    Hi Andrew wel I am not sure whether you are a Brit, Australian or an american,, but i I wana remind you of all those years (decads) when you guys were BUDDY BUDDY to Gaddafi.. because you needed him and he was good for you guys,,, now he was not worth anymore,, you wanted to occupy Libyan oil,,, and he became a dictator,, were you guys sleeping for last 40 years,, what a hippocracy..

  • Sami Choudhary on September 10, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    Muammar Gaddafi is a great Muslim leader, he is a great African leader and he is a great socialist leader. So I do not see any reason for Pakistan to change the name of stadium. There was a time when Nelson Mandela was labelled as a terrorist. Father of Libyan nation, Muammar Gaddafi , gave oil money directly to his people. Now that money will be shared by British and American individuals, who will never pay tax. Lets not get brainwashed by media.

  • Iftekhar Shaikh on September 10, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    Qaddafi was ardent supporter of Pakistan and was main financier behind nuclear bomb development as well as main source of Forex as he imported Pakistan manual labor. so whatever he has done to world he has done something positive to Pakistan. Aleem Dar has own merit and he will be bestowed with suitable honor when time will come. Although he awarded regularly and is now in a leading bank's advertisement. we have much more places named after more less worthy personalities. Let history deliver judgement on Qaddafi.

  • Beerbal on September 10, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    Without a shadow of doubt, The BUTT BOWL has to be the winner for renaming Gaddafi stadium.

  • taemoor on September 10, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    I have been thinking abou it myself since the whole Lybian thing started. Taking the satire to another level and considering the fact that It has to be another moron to name a stadium after. That seems to be the thumb rule in most countries.. And although Gaddafi DID NOT give money to build this stadium but since we Pakistanis are stubborn so we still want the lybian elementin it. I would suggest.. "The-unknown-guy-who-asked-Shell-and-Total-to-push-Nato-to-attack-Lybia-on-his-behalf-and-ooops-then-died-somewhere Cricket Stadium Lahore." anyone??

  • mashood on September 10, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    Gaddafi stadium shouldn't be renamed, Gaddafi was an ally to Pakistan and should be honored as such. Also it has a nice ring to it

  • zia on September 10, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    there are many great cricketers to choose from, but i think instead of giving credit to one great cricket legend, it should some common islamic name which is our ultimate identity. come up with the names,we will find one....

  • Saleem Hatoum on September 10, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    Andrew Hughes: you have demonstrated the bigoted and all attributes of self-righteous mentality that most of anglo-saxon have. If you go after one blood-sucker from the middle-east you need to go after all the blood-suckers of European decent also. Damn you and your kind of people who preach self-righteousness while they themselves are drowned in innocent people's blood. God help me for holding back my fingers off my keyboard for writing the names and attributes of all of those anglo-saxon who have killed mercilessly all others who happen not to be a anglo-saxon.

  • Aftab Qureshi on September 10, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    Back in the 70s, the great Pakistani leader (Mr.) Bhutto had made made a public appearance at this stadium in the company of Qaddafi in front of a mammoth crowd. Qaddafi at that time was immensely popular in Pakistan because of the generous financial and political support he provided to Pthe country. Now that he has so thoroughly discredited himself in the eyes of the international community and his own people, it would be befitting if the stadium's name is changed to Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Stadium.

  • Pane Jaan on September 10, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    No change needed. if so then change it to Imran Khan Stadium.

  • Hasan Siftain Cheema on September 10, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Waooow, Nice to see, so many stupid sugestion, Name should not be changed, and it never be

  • Raja on September 10, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    Y????? Rename Gaddafi Stadium??? We have Gaddafi, Sadam Hussain, Mugabe, Hitler and many other disputed leaders statues in Madaam Tusaad don’t you think we you should ask them to remove them from Maddam Tussad as well.

  • Muhammad Farrukh on September 10, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    Sultan of Swings Internation stadium :p SOS :p

  • Muhammad Ahsan on September 10, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    as it suggested by Mr Hughes, let me ask you one thing, will u write and help us for the renaissance of Playing International Cricket in Pakistan........ the problem with our cricket is something far frightening and damaging than changing the names of our ground........ so let us plan something abt that rather than discussing petty issues.....

  • Shah Faisal on September 10, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    It should not change , 100% agree with {wazza } , Well said! .. why should we change the name of the ground , we should remember the good works of Qaddafi as well.

  • v arun on September 10, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    How about 'Ukrainian Nurse Stadium'? She was a good friend of Qaddaffi...

  • umer on September 10, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    how about something that promotes the history/culture of the city. something like the Shalimar cricket ground or tha Ravi stadium? however i don't really have a problem with it being called the ghaddafi stadium .

  • Zeeshan on September 10, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    LCC or Lahore Cricket Club. Plain and simple.

  • Mohammed Khan on September 10, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    Call it Gaddafi Stadium or anything, Pakistan wouldnt be able to hold any international cricket in the future ,given its current security situation which is deteriorating rapidly.... Does the ICC want another terror attack on an international side??

  • JLF on September 10, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    I think it should be called the Wallace Mathias Stadium, after the well liked gentleman Test cricketer and one of the best slip fielders of his time.

  • ali hassan on September 10, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    who the hell u r to suggest any name for ground in my country. this name is right because he helped pakistan alot in past and give a blank check to france for pakistan-france nuclear deal.

  • ibtahaj anwar on September 10, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    altaf hussain stadium

  • sasidaran on September 10, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Absolutely ,your thought is right one .. not only that ground ,ground in hambatota srilanka too should be renamed..

  • Jaffar on September 10, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    Totally agree with wazza and Talha Ahmed. Its none of your business telling us when to change the name of our stadiums and even if we had to i think the 'kilburn stadium' sounds neutral!!!

  • RAMESAN on September 10, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    I don't see anything wrong keeping the original name. You shouldn't be ungrateful and hypocrite because someone from another land said so.Western powers say someone is good when that person dance to their tune.If not they say Tyrant, dictator,uncivilised, evil and so on.DON"T change the name. Leave it.Dont forget he has contributed to that ground.Please leave politics from sports.

  • Qasim Javed on September 10, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    "The Aleem Dar Arena" it should be!

  • Suru on September 10, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    Be careful today these guys will ask you to rename Gaddafi stadium to something else if you say yes, no wonder they might ask you to rename 'Pakistan' into something else later.

  • Asad Qureshi on September 10, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Well, i am not in favour of change the name of the stadium but if it brings back the cricket in pakistanwe should definitely change the name the name of the stadium and it should be historical ' Stadium of Pakistan' or ' Stadium of Cricket' any one agrees???????????????????????????????????Best of luck Pakistan

  • Kala khan on September 10, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    Mr Andrew Hews it's Pakistan not your father country .it's our stadium we will keep this name.I simply tell you Shutup.Mind your own business .

  • khan on September 10, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    changed to Punjab Cricket Stadium

  • mushr on September 10, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    I don't think the Brits get to name stadiums in Pakistan, not at least now - there's enough British named junk already - maybe a seal 6 style raid on the stadium and name change is in order? Actually, I would think Andrew would be advocating a Oval style name change - Kia Oval this and next year whoever buys the most hoardings in the ground? Named after multinationals?

  • Maharajah k on September 10, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    I agree with some of my Pakistani friends here , Gaddaffi is no less evil than what englishmen did to us for a few centuries. Let them change any mention of Queen Victoria everywhere in the world , then all about Gaddafi can be revisited. Subtle racism in this blog

  • Salman on September 10, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    ladies and gentlemen, in the theme of choosing world class leaders, i bring you the "Zardari Stadium".. we will have an opportunity to change it again..

  • Shoaib on September 10, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Doesn't make any sense...Only name has nothing to do with his character

  • vaqar on September 10, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    Who cares about renaming the Qaddafi stadium. No one wants to play there anyways. They can keep the name or change it to something else. It really wouldn't matter.

  • Abdullah Saleem on September 10, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Yep, I agree. It should be renamed to 'Imran Khan' or 'Aleem Dar', but don't go with 'Benazir Bhutto' this time around..

  • Anonymous on September 10, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    Lets name it Geoge Bush Stadium

  • Syed on September 10, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    I am from Lahore and support the name change from Gaddafi Stadium. The new name should be related to cricket or related to Lahore. Imran Khan, Fazal Mehmood, Lahore Cricket Club are some examples.

    Libya has been a great friend but we should move on now. Another thing PCB can do is to ask for suggestions on its web page and go with the most popular.

  • waqar on September 10, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    never!

  • NotAmused on September 10, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    Ha ha not. How about renaming the Lords to Commons? Isn't UK a democracy -- silly me -- I was confusing reality with appearance.

  • El on September 10, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    The person who contributed for the stadium and more to Pakistan, so keep it the way it is. If you teardown and rebuild, then you can name it for whoever funds it. Or return the cost incurred to build the stadium to Libyan people. That would be fair..

  • Aftab Ahmed Awan on September 10, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    I would tend to agree with some comments that cricket writers should avoid indulging in things which are so political and controversial. We know what American and British media said about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and later on the whole world saw that it was merely a ploy to plunder the resources of Iraq and no WMDs were found in Iraq. Similarly, we don't exactly know what is going in Libya because we are watching what American media is showing to us. At least Qaddafi was better than Pinochet and some other dictators who were so blatantly supported by America and UK.

  • Yasir Jadoon on September 10, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    Imran khan stadium sounds good!

  • Jay on September 10, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Bravo for "Shaheen" who picked Dr A Q Khan. the person who has absolutely nothing to with the game and lets just not go into the details of what he was accused of. hint hint, Aleem Dar Arena ok, but not really for it. my option would be "If" they ever were to change the name than, Lahore Cricket Arena or the maybe the man who put Pakistan cricket on world map Imran Khan? the man gave every youngster around the world to bowl on dead wickets. so yeah Imran Khan Stadium would be considerable and people are entitled to their opinion. Yes Hughes, the name should defiantly be changed Pakistan and Pakistan Cricket already has enough Negative Image......and P.S. I'd rather name after a Nobel Prize winning scientist than Q A Khan lol omg gimme break Q A Khan...please. Names Jay and was born and Breaded in Lahore

  • Gorsi on September 10, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Yeahh.. Aleem dar ... Only thing in PAK cricket that hasnt changed !!! but just in case Mr. Butt doesnt agree with this.. i have a better name Mohd. ASIF stadium....... he has been a legend has'nt he !!!!!

  • A Khan on September 10, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Gaddafi has services for Pakistan. He was fanastic leader at the start but I think Power corrupt him so much that he is what he is now. But still his services for Pakistan is too many and the name should remain. If not then should be related to Libya such Libya freedom Arena . Anyways, the name will never change regardless what happens cos Pakistan Government will never change it. Enjoy!!!

  • Talha Masood on September 10, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    I support the idea of renaming it to, "Woolmer's Field"

  • Shahid on September 10, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    Its a historical name and it should nt be changed... whether he is an idiot or a dictator it dsnt matter... history has been made once thats it.. you should nt change it. -Mohammed Shahid

  • mushtaq on September 10, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Mr. Andrew, Please avoid writing such controversial posts. We Pakistani love to call it as Qaddafi Stadium as we know that it was Qaddafi who helped Pakistan in a difficult situation while all the west were making conspiracies against Pakistan. For those Pakistani brothers who are in favor of the name change, should read John Peter'a comment above.

  • Sudipto Chowdhury on September 10, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    My vote is for "Imran Khan" stadium....

  • shaik imran ahmed on September 10, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    No need of changing the name of the ground,what someone has to do with the name of the ground.And if someone is really worried about pak cric then think of returning back international cric not criticism

  • abdul rehman khalid on September 10, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    Imran Khan stadium

  • Rizwan on September 10, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    Thank you so much for mentioning the Qaddafi Stadium Lahore, As a Pakistani, It is just another added embarrassment to have a sporting arena named after a colorful clown. I mentioned my grief to my affluent friend in lahore. Who basically shrugged and said "I don't follow current events in Pakistan, too depressing" .. Hence, getting rid of the name and starting out fresh would be a great idea. We might even attract Ian Botham & the English team to lahore, if we name it "Mother of all in LAWS Stadium"

  • AdEeL on September 10, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    LCS Lahore Cricket Stadium

  • waleed on September 10, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    Wht does it make ...the pakistani stadium are temporarily banned for matches , the ground is going to rott anyway

  • Alif Jeem on September 10, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    No matter what name you give the Ghaddafi Stadium, BUT please NO Bhutto, NO Benazir, NO Zardari, NO Bilawal, NO Altaf Hussain, N0 Nawaz Sharif...Please !!

    All national monuments and buildings should be named for persons passed away commanding everyones admiration and love. But no one seems to merit it at this time.

    Some safe and generic names: International Cricket Stadium/ Batbowl Arena/ Asia Cricket Stadium/ Lahore Cricket Arena/ Champions/ !!!

  • SHAKEEL on September 10, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    no

  • Wasim on September 10, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    lol@ butt Bowl. If he is willing to leave PCB, by all means call it Butt Bowl or Butt's Oval for that matter.

    I agree that Gaddafi was a dictator 45 years ago, he was a dictator 37 years ago when it was named after him and he was a dictator a few months ago. They only thing is that dictators were not frowned upon in the pre-90s era so no one noticed why a stadium is named after a dictator and all the cricketing greats have only small sections of the stadium named after them, i.e. Imran Khan enclosure, Fazal Mahmood enclosure, etc.

    I think if it is renamed, there is a high probability that it will be renamed to Pepsi Stadium or Pizza Hut Stadium than any other names that have been mentioned.

  • erfan on September 10, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    must be Libya Cricket Stadium

  • satwik on September 10, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    Mr. Talma Ahamd. Doctor's prescription for you: 1 chill pill. This is a humour page

  • muhammad on September 10, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    hi, i know doing some changes always better in this case it may too.we also should try to think about bringing cricket back to pakistani grounds.love of the game in pakistan is too much with few things happend we the pepole of pakistan should 't be punshid .any way back to the topic name ...yes it should be changed and it should be ALMA IQBAL ARENA would be nice this way we might can think and put the things togather again .

  • G C on September 10, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    I like the idea of "Butt Bowl", but I'd rather choose something else for the ground and name one of the ends the "Butt End". The other end could presumably be named after a famous English umpire.

  • suhail on September 10, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    i want it to be renamed as bob woolmer arena

  • Sarmad on September 10, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    stop this disscusion right now or else the stadium might get named "Bilawal Bhutto Stadium" :p

  • s khan on September 10, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    first pay back all ghadafi's money than change the name

  • Jonathan Tanner on September 10, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    I think it would be appropriate for the PCB and Pakistani gov't to rename the Gaddafi stadium, but rename it in honour of the Libyan people instead.

  • Dr. Muhammad Aslam Saeed on September 10, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    Gaddafi stadium is just right .Pleez don't mess with the name.

  • Zulqarnain on September 10, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    Dont change this name.... Ghadaafi stadium

  • Shiv on September 10, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    Hey Andrew, I have never lived in Libya. But from what some people who live there tell me. Under Gaddafi rule: Libya has affordable housing, free housing for married couples, cheap electricity, cheap water, low cost fuel, government help for people wanting to buy cars, interest free loans, good road systems, infrastructure, low cost of education etc Gaddafi i am also told financed Sarkozy election campaign in France. Gaddafi made the 'mistake' of planning to reject western currencies for trade and use gold coins. And suddenly he was a 'brutal dictator'. And thanks to the western nations and their rebels, Libya is being destroyed.

  • ahan on September 10, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Shell Oil Stadium? BP stadium? Futures oil contracts stadium?

  • kkk on September 10, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    what ever name one wants can give it. Fact is that no international match will be played there near futre.

  • Muzzammil on September 10, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    Lahore Cricket Center (LCC) OR Lahore Cricket Association(LCA)

  • imkhalid on September 10, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    Rename it to Aleem Dar +1

  • rehan on September 10, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    name should not be changed.....if changing the name brings cricket/intl. teams back to PAKISTAN ...them it must be changed .

  • Captain Nemo on September 10, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    Hello everyone, I am from Bangladesh and with due respect, I would like to ask you all,please do not mix these dirty politics with sports. and this type of article will just make cricinfo's reputation worse! Let the Pakistanis decide in this matter, if it is really required to change the name,it may be Pakistan Libya Freindship/Brotherhood Staduim.But again,please put someting sport related topics!

  • Bala on September 10, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    Andrew Hugh: Why not honor one of the Australian Stadiums to honor the genius Buchanan & his famous Book, by calling it Buch-Book Stadium? No disrespect to the buk-buk being dished out by journos of all sizes, colour,and intellectual challenges. Huge Idea! No, Hugh?

  • Pakistani on September 10, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    It was, it is and it will remain Qazzafi (as pronounced in URDU) stadium. We never took suggestion on naming our children or things, and never gave any suggestion too.

    Please find something else to drag you pen!

  • Sir_Freddie_Flintoff on September 10, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    The stadium should be renamed either Jonh F Kennedy Stadium, Abraham Lincoln Arena or Winston Churchill Cricket Ground. Even better would be if they named it Mahatma Gandhi Stadium. That way the relationship with India may improve.

  • nasir(dubai) on September 10, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    Well i dont think so tht name shoud b changed.Ghadaffi is historic name and its nothing to do with politics in libya or whereever. but som ppl behaving like illetrate..if any person international try to put pressure on pak to change name then pak shud giv him a gud reply..

  • fahad on September 10, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    Bob Woolmer stadium ! One foreigner for another, but this time someone who gave his life for Pakistani cricket

  • paan on September 10, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    gaddfai stadiam is the best

  • BDTiger on September 10, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    Why don't we name it "Bangabandhu Stadium"?!?!?!

  • reeja on September 10, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    change its name to osama bin laden stadium:)

  • syed waqas abid on September 10, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    Gaddafi stadium is an international stadium and it is located in Lahore,Pakistan as GADDAFI is not the ruler now that's why the stadium should be renamed know.

  • Asif Aziz on September 10, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    @Awais: Great suggestion bro. How about Tripoli Stadium.

  • MuddsirNazzar on September 10, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    no no no no no plz dont chang the name of Gaddafi Stadium .it was good it is good and it will be good.Ups and Dawn part of life.Dontworry.let it same nameGaddafi Stadium .

  • Suresh Murugaser on September 10, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    Hi

    I'm a Sri Lankan.

    I remember that great day in 1996, when I was in Lahore at this very same stadium, where I watched Sri Lanka thrash Australia.

    Personally, I feel that there's nothing wrong in keeping Gadaffi's name, as he funded the stadium.

    Despite what the Western media has said, and the fact that he was a Dictator, he has also been pretty magnanimous to his neighbours as well as his people in general.

    I'm by no means saying he's as clean as a whistle, but he's not much better than other Arab rulers.

    IF there still is a move to re-name the stadium, my vote is Imran Khan. He's done more to put Pakistani cricket than anyone else, and is a perfect gentleman.

  • Ehsan U Satti on September 10, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE IT VERY FAST THAN IT COULD BE BENAZIR BHUTTO SHAHEED STADIUM. ITS VERY TRENDNY NOW PAKISTAN. IMRAN KHAN ARENA WOULD BE TOUGH ON POLITICAL GROUND AND EVEN THOUGH NO ONE IS BETTER THAN GREAT KHAN. WE CAN SELECT A NAME FROM MUGHAL AREA. TOTALLY A NEW NAME.

  • Saad Ahmad Toor (AFRIDI) on September 10, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    Gaddafi Stadium is from my city of Lahore and it should be renamed to IMRAN KHAN STADIUM

  • Laila Gulbadan on September 10, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    Jinnah Stadium. You can throw up now Asif.

  • Ali on September 10, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Gaddafi Stadium can be named "Omer Mukhtar Stadium" if we want to keep the name Libyan. However Imran Khan Stadium is much better.

  • skunny on September 10, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    First of all awareness is a blessing and if it comes in the form of a proposal to change name of a stadium so be it. I grew up frequenting this amazing cricket ground and fell in love with as one of the great sites of my great city. Libya will always be in our hearts as a country who stood by us during hard times but name of this great cricket ground will always be, "The Lahore Stadium" for me. Next we should visit other tyrants glorified through symbolic names and remember tyrant to one eye could be a hero to another. So let leave the mortals behind and stick to names that will always be in millions of hearts such as the great city of Lahore and the great state of Punjab. Long Live Pakistan.

  • Syd on September 10, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    It should be named after the great Javed Miandad

  • Deary me on September 10, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    You do realise this is all written in humour? Granted, not very amusing humour but humour nonetheless.

  • GK on September 10, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    I am an Indian and we have always had issues with Pakistan because of the politicians and not the people there. With that said, I would like to see the stadium renamed as 'Spirit of Resilience' stadium in honor of the common people of Pakistan who are fighting against a lot of things. Leave the political names out. Make it the stadium of the people because it belongs to THEM.

  • Hamza on September 10, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    since it was based on alliance with Libya, why not name is Mokhtar, as he is a higly respected personality throughout Libya and rest of the world!

  • Faiz Shaikh on September 10, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    Well as Imran is a politician now, so people might tend to make it a political matter if the stadium is named after him...........I suggest the best option would be to name it after a father figure of Pakistan Cricket i-e A.H.Kardar....he was our first captain and also very influential in gaining a Test Status for Pakistan. And if i recall correctly, he was from Lahore.......so it all suits up....

  • Anurag on September 10, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    No offense meant here at all, but it has been my observation that Pakistani readers display very little understanding of satire and take Page 2 articles a bit too literally. This is entirely far too evident in their comments. Take a moment, guys, and google "sarcasm".

  • Global Cricketer on September 10, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Andrew great point,if the petition is really in by you & as I am from Lhr,PK near the stadium & worked with PCB(CA firm & tax affairs) you have a strong point.What's wrong with "Lahore Cricket Ground" or "Imran Khan Stadium"???Butt Bowl would be awful stinkingly have mercy on people who alteady goes through long lines...

  • F Shar on September 10, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    chal jandi karo yaar...its bad time for Col Qadafi..lets stand with him as he stood with Pakistan. if someone is crazy about this change then it must adopted from Libya...Bin Ghazi Or Tarablas Stadium

  • Mahmood on September 10, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Who the hell Andrew are you to suggest us what to do and not. GO AND DICTATE your country. Dont poke your nose here and there.

  • Hamid Shah on September 10, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    i would go for the aleem dar arena....thats the best and probably most uncontroversial name.

  • Gurpal on September 10, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    Couldn't care less if the PCB change the name or not. What gets me is the people who say this is a political issue and should not be discussed here. Yes, it has political consequences but the notion that politics should be left to politicians is why sub-continental politicians particularly (but by no means exclusively) are corrupt, thieving, greedy, low-lives that only derve to be kicked until they learn to do what the people who elected them told them to do. Let's hear what the people say, particlulary the people of Pakistan (well, its their "Lords" after all!)

  • Asad Rana on September 10, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    If there is no international cricket in Pakistan why would we need to worry about the name of the stadium? I think it is time for Pakistan cricket board to ask for money for every home series played outside the country from the icc, if icc is interested in resumption of cricket in Pakistan they can provide us with bullet proof buses and than ask the teams to go and play in Pakistan.

  • Sajjad on September 10, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    Ghaddafi who supported Pakistan to build the stadium and he was the one who tried to disarm pakistani nukes over the time to gain Americans faith, the name should be changed, and I personally think it was not Ghaddafi's personal money which built the ground it was the Libyan Nation's money, so let it be names in the name of Libyans who have worked hard to kick Ghaddafi's A**.. how about the " Libyan Nation Stadium "

  • ayaz on September 10, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    Not a good idea andrew!what is wrong with this name gaddafi.whatever he done with his people is his matter.Bt he contributed for this stadium and it also sounds good when tony greg says WELCOME TO GADDAFI STADIUM LAHORE. :-)

  • LAHORE LION on September 10, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    lets make a deal if we rename gaddafi stadium will all teams come and play in Pakistan , if yes then well and good if not then its useless !

  • Raza Abbas on September 10, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    I suggest to name it after Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah Perhaps Quiad e Jinnah Stadium sounds goods

  • ali on September 10, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    There's no better option but to name after someone from Lahore & someone who took care of Pakistan cricket for a long time in different capacities. 'Kardar Stadium'.

  • Faiq majeed on September 10, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    Why don't we persue a commercial name for example "Shell Cricket stadium" and get some much needed revenue for Pakistan cricket.

  • liaqat on September 10, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    Aleem Daar Stadium

  • mohammed ali jawaid on September 10, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    i am against naming of such sports venue after living heads of states or politicians.a name must prove to be deserving and worthy of such accolades. look what happened, a situation at hand where one is throwing up this idea of change. again, imran with all his good name as a cricketer and a philanthropist is a political figure. so why not pickup a legend like Kardar, the first Pak captain or oval hero Fazal or Hanif the first triple century maker of Pakistan?

  • Anonymous on September 10, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    its a strange story , just think how many Muslims having a name of usama ? can we change that and i dont think anything wrong with the old name. As Qaddafi was a friend of Pakistan not the enemy so its ok

  • Raza on September 10, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    I think Stadium name should be "Imran Cricket STADIUM"

  • Hassan on September 10, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    We have one stadium in Karachi by name National Stadium. Now the better name for Gaddafi stadium can be Pakistan stadium Lahore.

  • Muhammad on September 10, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    I believe the name should be changed and it should pay tribute to the poeple of Libya, so the new name can be Libyan Stadium, since the Libyan government paid for it. or of something local then Lahore or Iqbal or Jinnah Stadium would be another choices. We can also ask the Libyan govermnet to choose a new name but later on not now. Thanks

  • Ali khan on September 10, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    Come on Andrew there are much better things to write about than changing a stupid name, for example you could have written something about how to remove butt from the chairmanship etc its just a waste of your 'precious' time i think.

  • Riaz Khan on September 10, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Gaddafi Stadium must be renamed as "Mudassir Nazar Stadium".

  • Yoyo on September 10, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Lets call it Tarablus or Libya stadium Name of the nation and not the ruler

  • Asim Abbas on September 10, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    The name should be changed to The Sri Lankan Stadium or Pak-Lankan Stadium as they were the victims of the Lahore incident.

  • Dinu on September 10, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    Let international cricket come back to PAK first, then we will think of changing names....For that matter, the country itself has many legends to choose from for renaming the stadium.

  • Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad on September 10, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    Pakistan, if at all has to change the name of Qaddafi stadium, then the stadium must be named after the driver of the bus (Mr. Muhammad Khalil) who showed exemplary bravery under rains of bullets and bombs in saving the entire Sri Lankan team, from an unimagineable catastrophe.

    On that fateful day Muhammad Khalil went much beyond the call of his duty to snatch the entire Sri Lankan team from a certain death.

    The name of the hero bus driver, Muhammad Khalil shall always be written with golden words in the annuls of the history.

  • shahji on September 10, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Quaid , Iqbal , Liaqat ,Johar, any of the founding father . or Kardar ,Hanif Fazal , any of the first line of legends.

    For Mr Asif Khan , everything from currency bill to bank seal ,constitution to the bylaws rightly deserve and had a stamp of the great leader Quaid a Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah "the Founder of Pakistan".

    Crickinfo should block such type of irritating and annyoing messages as one from ASif Khan . This is not a "Hyde Park type political forum".

  • Rishav on September 10, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    I think a lot of the guys here are missing the point of this article. The fact that it is on Page 2 should have given you a big enough hint not to mention the fact that Ol Chum Andrew has written it. However I wholeheartedly support Aleem Dar Arena provided the ball stays unmoved and without any wobble all day long.

  • sajjad on September 10, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    I think the name must be remain the same for Qaddafi contribution to the people of pakistan in time of need. this is pakistan internal issue, so no outsider is suppose to propose a name, and please don't try to mingle sports with international politics.

  • Asad Shah on September 10, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    Let's keep politics out of cricket. I am personally not in favor of changing any name based on a sudden change of heart of western politics.

    Long live Pakistan!

  • Muhammad antiq on September 10, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    i do not know what the heck is wrong with people i mean what difference would it made if it is to be called as qaddafi stadium, qaddafi was a dictator too back then when the newly constructed stadium was named after him . the point is that the prime focus for PCB should be to attract intl. teams to Pak changing a stadium's name wont do a thing for the deteriorating cricket conditions in PAkistan!

  • Haroon Sahi on September 10, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Imran Khan stadium

  • Dada on September 10, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    Like Aleem Dar Arena

  • Malik Imran on September 10, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    I didn't agree with you, how you can change the name of a historic cricket ground. Qaddafi (the dictator or a great ruler who knows) this is a political issue and please dont discuss it here.

  • azeem rana on September 10, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    thanks for advice hughes i think best name the stadium aleem dar arena .................

  • Abrar Ahmed on September 10, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    Spot on Safwan Naeem! The Robert Woolmer stadium woud be perfect

  • Mohsin Siddique on September 10, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    I would like to have called it Pakistan International Cricket station or Qauid E Azam International Cricket stadium

  • Mehran khan on September 10, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    I think the name should be kept as it is. Having his name does not mean he should be saint. His name is just a reminder of his generous contribution. Let's give the devil his dues. Long live Pakistan.

  • shaheen on September 10, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    i would suggest the name of Gaddafi Stadium should be replaced with " Dr. A Q Khan Stadium" ........ i think all Pakistani's would be in favor of this name.

  • MOHD on September 10, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    How about naming it after FAZAL MEHMOOD

  • Asif Khan on September 10, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    If anyone mentions Jinnah stadium ill throw up.

  • umair on September 10, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    Gaddafi Stadium should rename as Bob Woolmer Stadium..he gave his life for pakistan cricket.

  • Jawad on September 10, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    I am from Pakistan I beleive that Imaran Khan's name will pose some political problems though its my personal opinion that Imran was the greatest contributor to Pakistan cricket. Regarding Aleem Dars name we should wait until Nero dies :) by the way he is great person and fabulous umpire. However, we should not forget the spirit of naming the stadium. If it is based on friend ship of both countries it should have been named as Libya Stadium. I think its time to correct the mistake by removing the name of a dictator and changing it to a the name of a great nation. Libya Stadium...

  • patr on September 10, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    Awesome. Dar to dream!

  • wazza on September 10, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    Gadafi was no more a brutal dictator than Queen Victoria who ruled her colonies with an iron fist. perhaps Australia should change the name of the state of Vicotria, New Zealand university Victoria and the POMs should stop singing 'god save the queen'. people who know nothing about politics should not pretend to know. stick to cricket andrew. Gadafi was a leader supported by 80 percent of his country, a progressive in the midst of islamic extremists his only fault was that he didn't do as the west told him. again, stick to cricket

  • Babur Sohail on September 10, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    good idea.......

  • Shavi on September 10, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    100% in favor of the name being changed ! Gaddhafi slaughtered thousand of his own countrymen and all the people who don't want the name changed don't know what they are talking about!

    Saad Shafaqat wrote a great piece in the Dawn about how it should be named after Pakistan's first captain A. H. Kardar. I saw the Kardar stadium sounds great!

  • Talha Ahmad on September 10, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    Dear Mr. Andrew, This matter is for government and people of Pakistan to decide. Pakistan is already getting a lot of negative attention due to menace of terrorism. Kindly avoid such controvercial topics and help us in projecting soft image of Pakistan. I am sure you can find something interesting in the acheivements of people like Imran Khan, Fazal Mahmood, Zaheer Abbas, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Younis Khan, Muhammad Yousuf, Saqlain Mushtaq and Shahid Afridi.

  • fanam on September 10, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    First we should discuss about bringing International Cricket to Pakistan before changing the name of the ground. It should be named after Ijaz Butt who made things bad to worse.

  • Omar Rana on September 10, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Andrew, great thought. The name should be replaced with 'The Imran Khan Stadium'

  • Waqar on September 10, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    I think should be named after the Father of Pakistan Cricket - Kardaar Stadium - he was the man who led the Pakistan to early glory in the test arena, as well as was the local son of Lahore

  • Osman on September 10, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    Brother the stadium was named after Gaddafi because of our good relations with Libya and Gaddafi himself. We think that it's neither a good change nor a bad change removing Gaddafi. But we still don't have any problem with not renaming the stadium.

  • Johnny Dervas on September 10, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    Butt bowl sounds pretty much like a water closet... Wot abt Miandad Meadows?

  • Syed A. Moeed on September 10, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    I believe Gaddafi Stadium should be named against the place, not the person LCG Lahore Cricket Ground, because people disappear but not the cities. cheers!

  • Tarique on September 10, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    What about naming it the I.W.W. (IMRAN, WASIM, WAQAR) after all they were the Pakistan's if not the world's best bowler ever

  • raees mustafa on September 10, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Well I think that it is a great move to rename the stadium especially when named after a brutal dictator and a killer of 100s of innocent people in Libya. Not only because of that, it is named after a dictator, but also it sounds ridiculous to have leader's name to the stadium and plus having no clue what so ever about the name cricket alive in his country, except (hopefully) having the knowledge that it is a sport.

  • Wajahat on September 10, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Brilliant piece Andrew. From pink balls to Gaddafi stadium to Trevor Chappel -- you nailed it quite efficiently.

  • raees mustafa on September 10, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Brilliant, why not, finally get to hear some good news. Changing the stadium's name, (previously known as Gaddafi). Aleem Dar Arena, not a bad ' un at all I must say, quiet catchy. One thing: I would prefer something along his name that gives his reputation exactly what he deserves i.e: stupid, idiot, ugly, brutal, vampire etc......

  • Taimoor on September 10, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    The name should stay the same. Its well known in Pak and Pakistanis have no problem it being Gaddafi stadium

  • Farrukh on September 10, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    Count me In :-) lets rename it.

  • yamin abbasi on September 10, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    The first thing keep same name is better otherwise if you wana change it any cost just make new name as "LIVE HEART PEOPLES STADIUM LAHORE" is a good name.

  • rameez on September 10, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    hi guys... can we please not name it after any person please. I mean why cant we have a slightly fancy name for the stadium. Maybe the "CRICKET COLOSSEUM", or "gladiotor's arena" or in the worst case "Lahore or Pakistan Cricket Arena".

  • MUHAMMAD Arif on September 10, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    I think this stadium was named Ghadafi Stadium coz he contributed alot in making it... so why u wana change the name?? Change the name and give him bak the money he contributed..... Thats the justice.. and One thing more wat ever happened in Libya is just a consipracy by americans and NATO... where were these rebels from 30 years?? this was just to take power...

  • raees mustafa on September 10, 2011, 9:45 GMT

    Well I think that it is a great move to rename the stadium especially when named after a brutal dictator and a killer of 100s of innocent people in Libya. Not only because of that, it is named after a dictator, but also it sounds ridiculous to have leader's name to the stadium and plus having no clue what so ever about the name cricket alive in his country, except (hopefully) having the knowledge that it is a sport.

  • m saeed on September 10, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    yes i think name of qaddafi stadium shud be changed to dr abdul qadeer stadium.

  • Amer Malik on September 10, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    Not sure if I agree with the whole notion surrounding Gaddafi being a brutal dictator but I fully back your idea of naming it the Aleem Dar Arena. Cheers!

  • Ahmed Ali Shah on September 10, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    On changing the name of the stadium I am with you. I had started to become PR problem in early 2000s. We can come up with lots of names, but simple "Lahore Stadium" should do. If you have to name it after anyone then Imran Khan & Waseem Akram are best choices.

  • TD_160 on September 10, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Another outstanding effort by Hughes! Really funny stuff!

    By the way, what's wrong with just calling it the Lahore Cricket Ground?

  • zahid on September 10, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    Great idea Andrew, lets rename Lahore Stadium i am waiting for invitation :) to sign the petition for this cause

  • hytuo on September 10, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    nice....

  • John Peter on September 10, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    Hi to all! I belong to Pakistan and i think we have no problem with the name. so its not the topic to discuss in any forum. Its a historic name and it should not be changed.

  • safwan naeem on September 10, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    well as far as i know about the culture and traditions of my country..they will not make the mistake of giving it name aftr another living person..plus if u realy wana name it after someone who haz contributed so much for pakistan the it should be one and only bob woolmer..it should be named after him..not dat disgusting guy namd gazzafi

  • Awais on September 10, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Gaddafi Stadium was named after Pakistan's alliance with Libya in when in 1970's Libyans helped tackle a drought like situation in Pakistan also. So even if the name is change I guess it should be about something Libyan.

  • pervaiz qureshi on September 10, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    written nicely...understand wat gaddafi is all about! to my personel opinion i wud keep dis name caz it sounds good and is the one of the biggest name all around the worlds high level stadiums... i wud suggest no harm keeping this name at all!

  • altaf Hussain Tammal on September 10, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    why should the name be changed.....he was the one who gave money.....should be remove Tony Blairs Head , since he hugged Ghadafi the Goof????

  • IainB on September 10, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Having a bot of bowls influence could spice the game up. Maybe in the UK bowls is the sedate pastime of the nearly deceased, but in the Land of the Long White Cloud, it's as close to rock-star hedonism as you can get. Check this out: http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/4006739/10-year-bowls-ban-as-old-fella-flopped-out

  • adnan on September 10, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    "Aleem Dar Arena" Not a bad choice.

  • Syed Awais Ahmed on September 10, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    I suggest the name of the stadium should be Imran Khan Stadium instead of Gaddafi,

  • Aaron on September 10, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Brilliant!!!

    On behalf of the people of New Zealand, I thank you.

  • Muhammad Aslam on September 10, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    I am originally from Lahore, would love to see the name of Gaddafi Stadium changed. He was and is an idiot, though I would not call him a dictator, as something else is going on in Lybia. Yes, Aleem Dar Arena would be a good option, else "Lahore Arena" can be another choice. (Muhammad Aslam, Sydeny)

  • Muhammad Zulfiqar on September 10, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    NO NO NO

    Gaddafi Stadium Name should NOT be changed

  • Suleyman Shafi batla on September 10, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    Hi! I want to suggest that we should change the name of Gaddafi stadium because now Gaddafi is not considered as a good man and we should not replicate the name of our stadium with the name of the guy who is not obeying the human rights.

    So this is my opinion to change the name of stadium as soon as possible

    Thank you very much..

  • Saad Mazhar on September 10, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    +1 on Gaddafi Stadium renaming to Aleem Dar Arena!

  • Abdul Sattar on September 10, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    I am agree with renaming of Gaddafi Stadium, i think Fazal Mehmood Stadium would be the best option.

  • Abid on September 10, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    The Imran Khan Stadium would be nice name.... other suggestion, "butt food center".

  • Shaan on September 10, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    Lol the Butt Bowl .... and hear hear to the Aleem Dar Arena!!

  • Noman on September 10, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    What's the point of renaming the stadium when there are no matches played in there ! Why even that bothers you !

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  • Noman on September 10, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    What's the point of renaming the stadium when there are no matches played in there ! Why even that bothers you !

  • Shaan on September 10, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    Lol the Butt Bowl .... and hear hear to the Aleem Dar Arena!!

  • Abid on September 10, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    The Imran Khan Stadium would be nice name.... other suggestion, "butt food center".

  • Abdul Sattar on September 10, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    I am agree with renaming of Gaddafi Stadium, i think Fazal Mehmood Stadium would be the best option.

  • Saad Mazhar on September 10, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    +1 on Gaddafi Stadium renaming to Aleem Dar Arena!

  • Suleyman Shafi batla on September 10, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    Hi! I want to suggest that we should change the name of Gaddafi stadium because now Gaddafi is not considered as a good man and we should not replicate the name of our stadium with the name of the guy who is not obeying the human rights.

    So this is my opinion to change the name of stadium as soon as possible

    Thank you very much..

  • Muhammad Zulfiqar on September 10, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    NO NO NO

    Gaddafi Stadium Name should NOT be changed

  • Muhammad Aslam on September 10, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    I am originally from Lahore, would love to see the name of Gaddafi Stadium changed. He was and is an idiot, though I would not call him a dictator, as something else is going on in Lybia. Yes, Aleem Dar Arena would be a good option, else "Lahore Arena" can be another choice. (Muhammad Aslam, Sydeny)

  • Aaron on September 10, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    Brilliant!!!

    On behalf of the people of New Zealand, I thank you.

  • Syed Awais Ahmed on September 10, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    I suggest the name of the stadium should be Imran Khan Stadium instead of Gaddafi,