October 30, 2011

Pakistan cricket

Gaddafi set for name change?

Umar Farooq

Now that the man’s gone, the name may soon follow. The Punjab Olympic Association has asked the provincial chief minister to rename the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, in keeping with increasing public opinion against associating the historic venue with the former Libyan dictator. The ground was originally called Lahore Stadium but was renamed following Gaddafi’s visit to Pakistan in 1974. Now it’s time to change things back, says association secretary Idrees Haider Khawaja. “I don’t think his profile is inspirational enough to link with our cricket stadium’s identity,” Khawaja told ESPNcricinfo.

He’s yet to receive a response but he’s confident that a suitable name will be chosen. One of the options suggested is to name it after Abdur Rab Nishtar, a former governor of Punjab; the Gaddafi Stadium is actually situated in the Nishtar Park sports complex, along with hockey and football grounds. There could even be several cricketing options but for fans of the sport probably anything would be more auspicious than the current name.

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