‘Sunday ko vaha blast ki chutti nahin hoti’ – Fans tear apart Pakistan Cricket Board as reported bomb blast halts PSL 8 exhibition match in Quetta
Ahead of the Pakistan Super League 2023, Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi are playing an exhibition game in Quetta. The game is being played at the Bugti Stadium, which is hosting its first competitive game since 1996. Meanwhile, during the game, it was reported that a bomb blast took place near the FC Mussa checkpoint, leaving more than five people injured.
Notably, it is reported that the blast took place near the local police headquarters. The injured have been moved to a hospital. Meanwhile, a while after this, some fans outside the Bugti Stadium pelted stones inside the stadium. They also put a fire outside the stadium that resulted in the game being halted. Even though the game has been resumed, security concerns around the league have been raised.
Foolproof security was promised to the fans ahead of the game
Meanwhile, ahead of the ongoing exhibition game, the fans present at the stadium were promised full-proof security. However, it is clear that they have been left disappointed despite the entertainment provided by the players
“Foolproof security will be provided for the cricket match so that locals could enjoy the game. No vehicle will be allowed to enter the stadium without a sticker. It is a positive step that the PSL match will be held in Quetta, bringing the much-needed entertainment to the city,” Mahesar was quoted as saying by the Tribune.
This is how Twitter reacted
Just a normal day in Pakistan.
— Manan (@Manan10678533) February 5, 2023
Reports of multiple injuries in a bomb blast in highly secure area of Quetta near the Police headquarters and entrance of Quetta Cantonment. The city is under strict security due to a PSL cricket match. pic.twitter.com/lZcfn1VQRU
— The Balochistan Post – English (@TBPEnglish) February 5, 2023
Meanwhile, the recent incidents have become a concern for the Asian country. Not to forget, they are yet to host this year’s Asia Cup and the Champions Trophy in 2025. In recent times, Peshawar city bled after the unfortunate bomb blast outside of a mosque. These incidents will definitely put the continental tournament and the PSL in jeopardy. Even though they might host their year’s PSL, the Asia Cup is likely to be moved out of Pakistan.